Saturday, May 17, 2014

NAACP selects Cornell William Brooks as president, CEO

NAACP selects Cornell William Brooks as president, CEO: The nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization has selected a longtime housing activist and a minister as its new president and CEO.

An overwhelming majority of the organization's board of directors picked Cornell William Brooks late Friday night during a meeting in Fort Lauderdale, NAACP chairwoman Roslyn Brock told USA TODAY. Brooks replaces former president Benjamin Todd Jealous, who announced his resignation last September, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

In a telephone interview with USA TODAY, Brooks said he plans to "fight to insure voting rights, economic equality, health equity and an end to racial discrimination for all people."