Baltimore (Metro Network) The head of the NAACP is stepping down at the end of the year.  The civil rights group says Benjamin Jealous is leaving the president’s post on December 31st.

Jealous, who was just 35 when he was named to lead the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is credited with rebuilding the organization.  He told “The Washington Post” he’s proud of his five years with the group, but he wants to spend more time with his two young children.

Reverend Al Sharpton, the head of the National Action Network, says he has mixed emotions about the resignation of  Jealous.  Sharpton says while he’s happy that Jealous is leaving his position “with no scandal or shame,” he’s sad to see the 40-year-old Jealous go because he’s made major contributions to the ongoing civil rights struggles.

Jealous  led recent protests over the death of Trayvon Martin and spoke at the recent 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.


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