*(Via CNN) – Cornell William Brooks, hailed as a “pioneering lawyer and civil rights leader,” has been selected as the new president and CEO of the NAACP, the civil rights organization announced Saturday.
The human rights activist and longtime attorney, who once worked as a senior counsel for the Federal Communications Commission, said in a statement issued by the NAACP, that he was “deeply humbled and honored to be entrusted with the opportunity to lead this historic organization.”
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.
“In our fight to ensure voting rights, economic equality, health equity, and an end to racial discrimination for all people, there is much work to do. I look forward to working with the dynamic board and staff, and continuing the important work of the Association in advancing racial and social justice and equality for all,” Brooks said in the statement.
He’ll be formally introduced to the NAACP membership at the group’s national convention in Las Vegas in July.
“Mr. Brooks is a pioneering lawyer and civil rights leader, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Association,” NAACP Board Chairman Roslyn M. Brock said in a statement. “We look forward to leveraging his legal prowess, vision and leadership as we tackle the pressing civil rights issues of the 21st century.”
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