Van Jones Will Receive This Year’s NAACP President’s Award. Here’s Why

benjaminjealousBy Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP President and CEO

Cross-posted from CNN.com

Van Jones is an American treasure. He is quite simply one of the few Americans in recent years to have generated powerful new ideas that are creating more jobs here. He wrote the national bestseller, "The Green Collar Economy," which provided the definitive blueprint for retooling American industry to create pathways out of poverty and generate a national economic recovery. He was a driving force behind passage of the 2007 Green Jobs Act. In fact, Van's ideas have helped lead to the creation of tens of thousands of jobs across the industrial Midwest and throughout the nation's decaying urban and rural areas. Van Jones also may be the most misunderstood man in America.