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NAACP President to Serve Daylong Residency at Cabrini

Posted on 3/26/2015 8:07:00 AM

RADNOR, Pa. (March 26, 2015)—On April 9, Cabrini College will host Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Brooks will serve as the fourth Executive in Residence through the College’s Nerney Leadership Institute.

During the daylong residency, Brooks will discuss the efforts of the NAACP as it continues to fight for social justice for all Americans.

Scheduled programs include a guest lecture, campus-wide presentation, and community reception and awards presentation.

  • The 6 p.m. community reception is open to the public.
  • Tickets are $75 and are available at www.cabrini.edu/NAACP.

As an attorney, activist, congressional candidate and pastor, Brooks has spoken before congregations of diverse faiths, as well as the United Nations Sub-Committee on Discrimination, business organizations, bar associations, labor unions, civil rights groups, schools, and colleges in the U.S. and Europe. As a columnist, he has written for several newspapers on contemporary politics, ethics, and faith.

In 2014, Brooks became the 18th person to serve as chief executive of the NAACP whose members in the United States and worldwide are among the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.

Prior to joining the NAACP, Brooks led the Newark-based New Jersey Institute for Social Justice as president and CEO. There, he directed the Institute’s successful efforts to win the passage of three landmark prisoner reentry bills in 2010, hailed by The New York Times as “a model for the rest of the nation.”

His civil rights experience includes serving as executive director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington and as trial attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

As the executive director of the Fair Housing Council, Brooks oversaw a regional program of fair housing testing and public education in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and metropolitan Maryland that served as the basis of impact litigation.

Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in political science from Jackson State University and a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, with a concentration in social ethics and systematic theology.

After seminary, he earned a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, where he served as a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Member of the Yale Law and Policy Review. He served a judicial clerkship with then Chief Judge Sam J. Ervin, III, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Through the Executive-in-Residence program, the Nerney Leadership Institute brings leaders in the corporate and nonprofit sectors to serve one- or two- day residencies at the College. The leaders are selected for their extraordinary spiritual, emotional, and organizational leadership accomplishments.

To learn more about the Executive-in-Residence program, visit www.cabrini.edu/NAACP.

About Cabrini College
Students do extraordinary things at Cabrini College, a residential Catholic college welcoming learners of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds. Since its founding in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the College has provided a transformational Education of the Heart, focusing on academic excellence, leadership development, and a commitment to social justice.

Cabrini enrolls about 1,300 undergraduates in more than 30 majors, pre‑professional programs, concentrations and minors on its serene 112‑acre campus located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The College also enrolls about 1,100 students in graduate and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, Pa., and at 13 off‑site locations.