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NEA applauds board’s selection of new President/CEO of NAACP

Minister and longtime housing activist Cornell William Brooks to lead nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization

WASHINGTON - May 17, 2014 -

The National Board of Directors of America’s oldest and most influential civil rights organization has named Cornell William Brooks as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Founded in 1909, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans. The National Education Association feels that Mr. Brooks, a minister, housing activist and former trial attorney with the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is a great pick to continue the NAACP’s important work.

“The choice of Cornell William Brooks should be celebrated across the country by all Americans, as he is a champion of social change and equality for all,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. NEA and Mr. Brooks share the mantra of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “believing in the urgency of now with respect to advancing sociological issues, which is the critical to the progress of our society and of our students.” 

NEA and NAACP have enjoyed a long and rich history of fighting for civil rights and social justice, collaborating on key issues such as educational equity, common core implementation, civic engagement and social justice and equality issues. 

Both groups have acknowledged that there is much more work to be done to implement the promise of educational equity stemming from the Brown vs. Board Decision that integrated America’s schools. NEA and NAACP will continue to work together to fulfill that promise by pushing for teacher diversity in our classrooms and equity and opportunity for all.


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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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