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Benjamin Todd Jealous, former head of NAACP, to Speak at Ramapo College on September 22

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 15, 2014

(Mahwah, NJ) – Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Monday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Jealous began his career with the NAACP opening mail at age 18 for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.  He rose to become the youngest president in the organization’s history. A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous was 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.

Under his leadership, the NAACP became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. Jealous’ leadership at the NAACP included bringing environmentalist organizations into the fight to protect voting rights. He has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality and end mass incarceration.

Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years serving as a journalist and community organizer. While at Mississippi’s Jackson Advocate newspaper, his investigations were credited with exposing corruption at a state penitentiary and proving the innocence of a black farmer framed for arson. While at Amnesty International, he led successful efforts to outlaw prison rape, exposed the increasing trend of children being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole and drew attention to expanded racial profiling in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Jealous recently joined the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kapor Capital, where he plans to continue his goal of growing opportunities for minorities in the tech economy.

The event is sponsored by the Deans’ Lecture Series and will take place in the Sharp Theater in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts. It is free and open to the public.

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About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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