Benjamin Jealous and the Next Generation at the NAACP

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


This week the NAACP kicked off a six-day convention celebrating its 100 year anniversary. Even with Barack Obama as our first African American president, the NAACP sees its work as far from finished. Last year, Benjamin Jealous, then 35, became the organization’s youngest president, with a plan to bring the NAACP into the 21st century. Mr. Jealous joins The Takeaway's John Hockenberry and guest-host Farai Chideya to discuss his vision for the NAACP and how he’s taking on the challenges of race relations and equality.

Click through for a transcript of our discussion with Benjamin Jealous.



"We’re focused not just on full employment, if you will, but also on job quality. Let’s not forget that slavery was a full employment economy."
—NAACP President Ben Jealous on unemployment numbers in the African-American community

Here's Benjamin Jealous' address at the NAACP's Centennial Celebration:


Benjamin Jealous


Farai Chideya, Chelsea Merz and Jen Poyant

Comments [1]

Richard Johnston

"Arcane" means impenetrable or hard to understand. "Archaic" means old-fashioned. Perhaps "anachronistic" is the word you were looking for.

Jul. 15 2009 09:53 AM

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