Monday, March 1, 2010

New Chairperson of NAACP Youngest-Ever to Lead Nation's Oldest Civil Rights Organization

Rolsyn Brock, new NAACP chair

The NAACP's new chairwoman is different from her predecessors. She doesn't know where she was or what she was doing when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. She has no memories of the civil-rights milestones of the mid-1960s.

She was 2 years old when King died, 2 months old when the Voting Rights Act was signed, not yet born when the Civil Rights Act became law.

"I didn't march with Martin or protest with Malcolm (X)," Roslyn Brock says.

But as Brock sees it, the fact she didn't live the civil-rights movement's history is no reason she can't shape its future.

The board of directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People agreed, voting unanimously on Feb. 20 to make the 44-year-old health care executive and activist the youngest-ever chairperson of America's oldest civil-rights organization.

Article Continued Los Angeles Daily News

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