Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the NAACP, will speak at Loyola University Maryland on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the University’s North Charles Street campus. Jealous’ remarks will be followed by a Q&A session.
Jealous’ appearance marks the first in an annual lecture series on African or African American affairs. The event also marks the launch of the University’s new academic minor in African and African American studies.
“We are delighted to welcome a leader of Mr. Jealous’ caliber to deliver our inaugural lecture,” said Brian Norman, Ph.D., director of Loyola’s African and African American studies program. “The launch of our program, so closely following the 100th anniversary of the NAACP last year, offers an excellent opportunity to reflect on today’s most pressing questions in civil rights and race relations.”
Jealous, who was born and raised in California, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and a master’s degree in social research from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Appointed president and CEO of the NAACP in 2008, Jealous is the youngest person so named. Prior to his current role, he was president of the Rosenberg Foundation, a non-profit venture capital organization; director of the U.S. Human Rights Program at Amnesty International; and executive director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. He began his career as an organizer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit www.loyola.edu/joinus/naacp.
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