Low Profile of New President of NAACP Might Be Obstacle for Group’s Growth - Higher Education: The selection of Cornell Williams Brooks as the 18th president of the NAACP came as a shock to many activists and historians who spend time studying and following the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.
“I’ve never heard of this guy,” said one national civil rights activist, who was surprised by the pick but who asked not to be identified because he did not want to appear critical of the organization’s choice. “No one I know has ever heard of him or has worked with him. It’s a really bizarre choice.”
Likewise, many academicians who write about race and social issues say that they too are unfamiliar with Brooks and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, the Newark organization that he’s led.