WASHINGTON (September 10, 2013)—The NAACP is beginning a search for a new president and its leaders say the next president of the nation's largest and oldest civil rights group must be energetic, charismatic and willing to make a personal sacrifice.
The group's board must find a successor to outgoing President and CEO Benjamin Jealous, who announced this week that he'll step down at the end of the year.
The NAACP board is forming a search committee and plans to meet in late October to plan for the leadership change.
Board members say leading a group with 64 board members and a long history is a job that requires a unique set of skills.
Chairman Roslyn Brock said the group plans to continue fighting for voting rights, health care, a higher minimum wage and immigration reform.