NAACP’s Beth Glenn Talks African American Youth and Education

In advance of the NAACP’s 8th Annual Leadership 500 Summit, which will hit Destin, Florida, May 24 through 27, we sat down with the New Guard of the 103-year-old civil rights organization to discuss the biggest issues impacting African Americans today and what we can do about them. These five dynamic young women are leading the march toward equality in these decidedly turbulent times. Today, we talk to Beth Glenn, Director of Education Programs. 

Name: Beth Glenn
Age: 37
Title: Director, Education Programs
Joined NAACP Staff In: 2009
Previous NAACP Position: National Voter Fund Volunteer

Loop 21: What drew you to work with the NAACP?

Glenn: When I helped register voters and get them to the polls in 2002 in Florida, I was reminded of the power and potential of the NAACP. When the opportunity arose to help the association reinvigorate its education organizing infrastructure, I saw it as a privilege and opportunity to work with the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Plus, the glaring disparities in the quality of teaching and learning experienced by black students really cries out for leadership from a race-specific lens.

Loop 21: What is your background in the education sector?

Glenn: My mom was a public school educator for 20 years and later a teacher educator, so I grew up talking and thinking about how to improve schools. I was drawn to education policy when I was a reporter and editorial writer for newspapers, and then focused on it again during my graduate policy studies. Serving as a staffer for an African-American member of Congress and later an education policy tank only solidified my conviction that reshaping the school experience for students of color is central to the health of the nation and the African-American community.

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