DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement today in recognition of the contributions of Ben Jealous, the president and CEO of the NAACP, who is resigning at the end of 2013, following five years of exceptional service:
“The NAACP is a stronger, more forceful advocate for social justice thanks to the dedicated work of Ben Jealous. This past July, during the NAACP’s 104th Annual Convention, I had the opportunity to spend time with Ben and with other leaders of the organization. It was evident to me that he has made an indelible mark during his five years as president and CEO.
“In particular, I admire the leadership Ben showed in the NAACP’s ongoing effort to protect voting rights – rights that have unfortunately been under assault during his tenure at the helm of the NAACP. Ben took on those challenges to the right to vote and he marshaled the organization’s resources to mount a fierce and effective opposition. Ben also made it a priority for the NAACP to partner with the LGBT community by endorsing same-sex marriage. Truly, Ben is a champion of freedom and equality for all Americans who need a champion to fight for their rights.
“It’s clear he has built a strong foundation that will enable the NAACP to expand its efforts in the coming years. I wish Ben luck in his future endeavors. We stand with the NAACP in its mission to make ours a more perfect union.”