Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous announced his decision to step down at the end of the year:
“I join in wishing Ben Jealous well as he prepares to step down at the end of the year as President of the NAACP, our nation’s oldest and most highly respected civil rights advocacy organization. Working with him over the past five years to advance the causes of voting rights, equal opportunity, and the creation of pathways out of poverty, I have seen firsthand his devotion to the NAACP’s goals and his dedication to making our country stronger by ensuring that it lives up to the promise of its founding principles.
“As the youngest NAACP President in the organization’s history, Ben helped to usher in a new era for the NAACP, bringing new energy and the vision of a younger generation of leaders that has inspired young people to work in their communities for positive change and to stand up for the hard-earned rights won through the struggles of past generations. I look forward to working with him over the next four months and continuing that work with his successor. During this critical time for our nation, as we face many challenges, House Democrats and the NAACP must always remain united in our commitment to advancing opportunities, safeguarding civil rights, and standing up for equal justice under law.”