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NAACP president plans to step down

Benjamin Jealous is credited with improving the NAACP’s donor base.

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Benjamin Jealous is credited with improving the NAACP’s donor base.

WASHINGTON — Benjamin Jealous, the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said Sunday that he plans to step down at the end of the year.

The Baltimore-based NAACP is the nation’s largest civil rights organization. When Jealous was hired as its president in 2008 at the age of 35, he became the youngest leader in the history of the organization.

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Over the past five years, the group said its rosters of online activists and donors have grown tremendously.

In a written statement Sunday, Jealous, 40, said he plans to pursue teaching at a university and wants to spend time with his young family.

‘‘The NAACP has always been the largest civil rights organization in the streets, and today it is also the largest civil rights organization online, on mobile, and at the ballot box too,’’ Jealous said.

‘‘I am proud to leave the association financially sound, sustainable, focused, and more powerful than ever.’’

Jealous plans to step down on Dec. 31.

His departure plans were first reported by USA Today.

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