By Sam Preston
In the news today, it was announced that Roslyn M. Brock was named the new chairwoman of the NAACP, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Brock officially took the seat Saturday, and at an age of 44-years-old, making her the youngest person to take the job in the organization's history, both the Post and the Times said. She is also the first woman to fill the position.
She will be replacing Julian Bond, who has held the position of chairman for the past twelve years. Bond announced last year he would be stepping down, stating that he would stay on until after the association's centennial celebration, the Times and the Post said.
Brock joined the organization 25 years ago as a freshman in college, as a youth board member and Youth and College Division State Conference president, the Times said.
Since then, she has been carefully trained for the top position by NAACP elders -- including Bond and former chairman Myrlie Evers-Williams, the Post said.
The association also recently named the youngest president in its history, 37-year-old Benjamin Jealous, the Post said. This shift comes with the hope of regaining some of the hold the association once held with the civil rights movement.
Brock said her goal is to increase membership and funds for the NAACP, and to focus on a few specific civil rights issues: education, health care, economic empowerment, criminal justice and civic engagement, the Post said.