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Benjamin Jealous - The Future of the NAACP?

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Benjamin Jealous is the new leader of America's oldest and largest civil rights group, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Now that America is fronted by a black president, how much work does this organisation still need to do?

According to Jealous, "The nature of the battles we are fighting has shifted".

NAACP leader Benjamin Jealous

Thanks to the groundbreaking civil rights victories of the past, African Americans now have the right to go into any restaurant they wish. But thanks to the legacy of segregation and continuing discrimination, many cannot afford what is on the menu.

As for the organisation itself, Jealous joins the NAACP in its centenary year, but at a time when it is suffering from an image crisis and dwindling membership.

Jealous plans to kick the organisation into the 21st century, encouraging new members to use technology to document discrimination and force change, and to turn the organisation back into the political powerhouse of its prime.

This documentary was first broadcast on click BBC Radio 4 and aired on BBC World Service on Monday 14 September 2009.



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