Benjamin Jealous '94, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, will address the Class of 2010 at Class Day, Monday, May 17, on South Lawn.
Jealous, a lifelong civil and human rights activist, has been a tireless and vocal advocate for his constituents since taking over the NAACP in 2008. In his brief tenure, he has seen what many consider historic victories for minorities in the United States, including the election of a black president, Barack Obama '83, and the recent passages of a sweeping healthcare reform bill and a bill to overhaul student loans.
In 2009, he received a John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement.
Read more about Jealous in this March/April 2009 Columbia College Today profile.
Ethan Rouen '04J