• Ben Jealous, raised in Pacific Grove, to step down from NAACP leadership role

    Ben JealousNative son Ben Jealous, the youngest-ever head of the NAACP, announced  that he will resign from the post at the end of the year.

    Jealous, 40, took the reins of the nation’s largest civil rights organization five years ago. In an interview with USA Today, he said the constant travel as president and CEO of the NAACP has kept him away too much from his wife, civil rights lawyer Lia Epperson, and children, daughter Morgan, 7, and Jack, 13 months.

    “The NAACP  has always been the largest civil rights organization in the streets, and today it is also the largest civil rights organization online, on mobile and at the ballot box, too,” stated Jealous in an NAACP tweet. “I am proud to leave the Association financially sound, sustainable, focused, and more powerful than ever. Beginning next year, I look forward to pursuing opportunities in academia to train the next generation of leaders and, of course, spending a lot more time with my young family.”

    In recent years the NAACP has won state and local battles to abolish the death penalty, shrink prison systems, outlaw racial profiling, expand voting rights protections, reform gun laws, close dangerous power plants, expand early childhood education, secure health care coverage for the uninsured, and more.

    Jealous was born and raised in Pacific Grove, attending elementary and middle school here. He attended high school at York School in Monterey. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and a master’s degree in comparative social research from Oxford University. He was a Rhodes Scholar there.

    He said he intends to pursue a position in academia. He intends to remain in Baltimore, Maryland where he currently resides, for the foreseeable future.

    Ben Jealous’s mother, Ann Todd Jealous, is a retired psychotherapist.  She is also the author, with Caroline Haskell, of “Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism,” released in April 2013. The two authors recently held a book talk at the Pacific Grove Library. His father, Fred Jealous, is the founder and president of the Breakthrough Men’s Community. He has a weekly radio show, Men Talk Love, with Dirrick Williams and Brian Bajari on KRXA 840 AM, Sundays from 5-7:00 p.m.

    Of the NAACP, Ben Jealous said “Leadership knows when to step up and when to step down. … I can say with pride that I’m prepared to step down and make room for the next person who will lead this organization to its next chapter.” The NAACP has not named a successor.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on September 12, 2013

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    One Response to “Ben Jealous, raised in Pacific Grove, to step down from NAACP leadership role”

    1. Extraordinary Measure Says:
      September 12th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      With little diversity in PG, perhaps
      Mr. Jealous can bring greater awareness to this very community in the years to come. It’s long overdue.


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