Cornell William Brooks

NAACP

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.

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.

“There is no progress without struggle. Those who appreciate freedom yet depreciate agitation of men want crops without plowing up the ground, want rain without thunder and lightning. There can be no progress without struggle....an unwillingness to give up or give in, a commitment to pursuing justice no matter what ‘til the very end....THAT’s what we’re called to do.”

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“There is no progress without struggle. Those who appreciate freedom yet depreciate agitation of men want crops without plowing up the ground, want rain without thunder and lightning. There can be no progress without struggle....an unwillingness to give up or give in, a commitment to pursuing justice no matter what ‘til the very end....THAT’s what we’re called to do.”