Cornell William Brooks is the president and CEO of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely
respected grassroots-based civil rights organization. A graduate of Head Start and Yale Law School, Brooks considers himself “a grandson, heir and a beneficiary” of the landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education argued by legendary NAACP litigator Thurgood Marshall. As a civil rights attorney, social justice advocate, fourth-generation ordained minister and coalition-builder, Brooks’ life and experience exemplify the NAACP’s mission to secure political, educational, social, and economic equality for all citizens. Prior to joining the NAACP, Brooks led the Newark-based New Jersey Institute for Social Justice as president and CEO.