The 2014 commemorative address will be given by Benjamin Todd Jealous, the youngest president in the history of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People.
A fifth generation member of the NAACP, Jealous began his career in civil rights at age 18, opening mail at the organization's Legal Defense Fund. He has since become an outspoken leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, experienced its first multi-year membership growth in 20 years, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. He announced last fall that he planned to step down from the leadership position at the end of 2013.
The address is cosponsored by the College Diversity Roundtable and the Office of the President at the University of Rochester. For more information, call (585) 276-3693.