NAACP leader Benjamin Jealous resigns
September 8th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
8 months ago

NAACP leader Benjamin Jealous resigns

(CNN) – Benjamin Todd Jealous will step down as president of the NAACP at the end of December, the civil rights organization announced Sunday.

"The NAACP has always been the largest civil rights organization in the streets, and today it is also the largest civil rights organization online, on mobile and at the ballot box too," Jealous said in a statement issued by the group Sunday afternoon. "I am proud to leave the Association financially sound, sustainable, focused, and more powerful than ever."

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August 28th, 2010
01:02 PM ET
4 years ago

NAACP president slams Glenn Beck at 'Reclaim the Dream' rally

 The crowd at Al Sharpton’s ‘Reclaim the Dream’ rally in Washington.
The crowd at Al Sharpton’s ‘Reclaim the Dream’ rally in Washington.

(CNN) – NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, speaking at the "Reclaim the Dream" rally Saturday, castigated the message of the Glenn Beck rally across town in Washington.

"For a year and a half, we've been subjected to small hearts and small minds on our small screens," he said, referring to conservative ideas on media. Beck is a conservative talk show host, with a program on Fox News as well as several radio programs.

Urging people to continue to fight for issues like health care and the ideas of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jealous said, "It's time to make sure our country - when they turn on the TV - sees itself reflected back."


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August 28th, 2010
11:38 AM ET
4 years ago

Civil rights rally remembers King's speech

(Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET)

Washington (CNN) - The Rev. Al Sharpton and a range of activists on Saturday fervently marked the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and some delivered pointed remarks about conservatives rallying nearby at the site where King delivered his seminal address.

Sharpton spearheaded the "Reclaim the Dream" rally at Dunbar High School in northwestern Washington, addressing a throng that later embarked on a march to the planned King memorial after they listened to speaker after speaker extol the virtues and visions King stood for.

Sharpton and others couldn't resist discussing the controversial event at the Lincoln Memorial organized by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, a rally Beck called "Restoring Honor." Beck, who has a program on Fox News as well as several radio programs, was criticized for holding his rally at the site of King's speech on the anniversary.

"They may have the mall," Sharpton said, "but we have the message. They may have the platform but we have the dream."

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