Outgoing NAACP leader credited with boosting group

Outgoing NAACP leader credited with boosting group

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By BRETT ZONGKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Outgoing NAACP President and CEO Ben Jealous is planning to further discuss his decision to step down at the end of the year.

Jealous has scheduled a conference call for late Monday morning with reporters.

He announced Sunday in a written statement that he would leave his role with the nation's largest civil rights organization at the end of the year. He says he wants to spend time with his family and teach at a university.

He's credited with helping to stabilize the organization and boost its finances.

The news was met with a mixture of sadness and appreciation from other civil rights leaders who admired how he helped the organization. Jealous was the group's youngest-ever leader when he was hired as its president at age 35 in 2008.

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