In celebration of Black History Month, the Manassas Campus invited Ben Jealous, author, venture capitalist and former president of the NAACP to speak about his experiences while serving as president of the NAACP and his life as an activist for human and civil rights. The audience of students, faculty, staff and community members listened intently as he recounted his journey of fighting for justice and equality.
Under Jealous’ leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. He was the organization’s youngest president in its history. He has been named by both Forbes and TIME magazine to their “Top 40 under 40” lists and was named the Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum. Jealous’ new book, “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding” features personal essays from prominent figures in the black community.
The event was spearheaded by Professor Chalet Jean Baptiste, Marcie Schreibman and the Manassas Black Heritage Month Committee. Jealous and the reception were sponsored by Student Life.