New NAACP Leader Kicks-Off Tenure Registering Every Last Voter
Posted on September 16, 2008
While most kids were home playing Nintendo, 14-year old Benjamin Todd Jealous and his friends were out commanding card tables and conducting voter registration drives. After registering thousands of new voters, Jealous realized the power of community organizing. Now, twenty — one years later, he is combining his organizing skills -- honed as a youth by the NAACP -- with emerging technologies to transform the organization that he now leads. As the youngest President in the NAACP's nearly 100-year history, and a fifth-generation NAACP member, Jealous starts his tenure doing what he does best. Getting people involved. "As an organization, our goal is to make the promise of this country real for all families," said Jealous, "and this starts with making all Americans regular voters.