NAACP National President Cornell W. Brooks to Discuss Planned Protests in Flint, Criminal Justice Reform, and the 2016 Campaign at March 18 Newsmaker

Mar 08, 2016, 15:46 ET from National Press Club

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cornell W. Brooks, the National President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, will address issues of importance to the nation and in particular to African-Americans at a National Press Club Newsmakers news conference on Fri., March 18, at 10 a.m. in the club's Zenger Room. Among the topics to be discussed are planned demonstrations in Flint, Mich., the criminal justice reform debate and the 2016 presidential campaign.

An ordained African Methodist Episcopal minister and Yale University Law School graduate, Mr. Brooks took over the reins of the NAACP in May of 2014, and began to institute major financial and organizational reforms within the organization.  Prior to joining the NAACP, Brooks was President of CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.  He began his career as a judicial law clerk for Chief Judge Sam Ervin III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  He has worked for the Federal Communications Commission, and as a trial lawyer for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Brooks' activism has ranged from galvanizing support for Social Covenant Bonds authorizing low interest loans for New Jersey's colleges and universities in exchange for local hiring in construction projects, to leading a 134-mile protest march from Ferguson, Missouri, to the State Capitol in Jefferson City following the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer and the subsequent violent aftermath of that shooting.

Like all NPC Newsmaker events, this news conference is open to credentialed media and NPC members, free of charge.  No advance registration is required.

Contact: David Anderson, NPC Newsmaker Host,, 202-402-3587
Jamie Horwitz, NPC Newsmakers Chairman, 202/549-4921,

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