Former NAACP leader on MLK legacy

For Immediate Release: Jan. 23, 2017

BLOOMSBURG— Former president and CEO of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous will be the keynote speaker at Bloomsburg University’s 24th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. Jealous will present, “Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy” on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Jealous is a civil and human rights leader, venture capitalist and author. For five years, he was the president and CEO of the NAACP until stepping down in 2013. He is currently a partner at Kapor Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm where he invests in high-growth companies with positive social impact. Jealous also teaches graduate courses at Princeton University on civil rights, social entrepreneurship and leadership as well as being a regular commentator on MSNBC. He is also the author of the book “Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding.” Jealous also serves as an advisor for multiple tech startups that work to close gaps, particularly in the areas of financial inclusion, justice tech, and low wage work. He serves as a board member at Pigeonly and a board advisor at PayNearMe. Jealous holds a B.A. in political science from Columbia University and a master's degree in comparative social research from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. For more information on this event, contact the Multicultural Center at 570-389-4937.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.