Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the National Association of Colored People (NAACP), will deliver the keynote address May 10 for the Monterey Institute’s third annual Human Rights Fair, sponsored by the Amnesty International Club on campus.
Jealous is the 17th president of the NAACP, and upon his appointment at age 35 in 2008, became the youngest person to lead the 104-year-old organization. In recent years he has led successful efforts to build the NAACP's online presence and voter registration capacity, and opened national programs on education, health, and environmental justice. A Rhodes Scholar, he is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford University, the past president of the Rosenberg Foundation, and was the founding director of Amnesty International's U.S. Human Rights Program.
Jealous was invited to speak at the Institute by Professor Jan Black, whose lifelong work on human rights led to her being elected to the board of directors of Amnesty International USA in 2011.
The May 10 event begins at 7:30 p.m., in the Irvine Auditorium at 499 Pierce Street, and is free and open to the public. The keynote address will be followed by a reception with live entertainment.