NAACP President to visit U of M Oct. 12 for international conference on economic inequality
Who: Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
What: Media availability during the World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality
When: Friday, Oct. 12, 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: 205 Humphrey School, U of M West Bank campus, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/11/12) – Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and University of Minnesota economics professor Samuel L. Myers, Jr., will join leaders of communities of color, other researchers, nonprofit leaders and policymakers from across the globe at the World Conference on Remedies to Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality, Friday, Oct. 12 at the U’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
The international gathering, last held in South Africa in 2001, convenes the world’s top thinkers on economic inequality, aiming to produce practical results that can be applied at the local level. The conference’s return to Minneapolis, where it was first held in 1996, coincides with the 20th anniversary of the Humphrey School’s Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice.
Jealous will keynote the Friday night conference dinner, which will commemorate the Roy Wilkins Center’s 20th anniversary. Myers, who directs the center, is a national authority on the methodology of conducting disparity studies. Both will be available for media interviews Friday from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Appointed as head of the NAACP at age 35 in 2008, Jealous is the youngest person to lead the century-old organization. A Rhodes Scholar, he is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford University and served as the founding director of Amnesty International's U.S. Human Rights Program.
Cost for the Oct. 12 anniversary dinner is $125 per person, which includes a $75 contribution to the university’s Roy Wilkins Center. Online registration is required at http://z.umn.edu/worldconferencedinner.
The conference is free and open to the public, but separate registration is required at www.roywilkins.umn.edu.
Founded in 1992, the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice builds on the legacy of Roy Wilkins, a 1923 graduate of the University of Minnesota and former chief executive of the NAACP. It is the first endowed chair established in a major public policy school named after an African American. Located at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, the mission of the Roy Wilkins Center is to study and formulate solutions to problems of racial and ethnic inequality.