Monday, May 1, 2017

NAACP President to Speak at Bethel Anniversary

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by Bethel Community Church of Pottstown.

 In celebration of its Second Anniversary, Bethel Community Church of Pottstown will welcome Dr. Cornell William Brooks, CEO and President of the NAACP.

During the celebration, the congregation will honor Reverend Dr. Vernon Ross, Jr on his secnd Anniversary as Pastor and Founder of the Church. The Theme is “Living the Vision”.

Cornell William Brooks is the 18th President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

 As a civil rights attorney, social justice advocate, fourth generation ordained minister, and coalition builder, Brooks exemplifies the mission of the NAACP to secure political, educational, social and economic equality for all American citizens. 

Working with the whole of the NAACP, his vision is an NAACP that is multiracial, multiethnic, multigenerational, and millions of members strong.

A graduate of Head Start and Yale Law School, Brooks considers himself “an heir” of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Born in El Paso, TX, and raised in Georgetown, SC, he went on to earn a B.A. with honors in political science from Jackson State University, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, where he was a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar; and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and member of the Yale Law and Policy Review.

Brooks served a judicial clerkship with then-Chief Judge Sam J. Ervin III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also worked as a staff attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and as Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington. 

In 1998, honoring his grandfather’s 1946 bid for Congress, Brooks ran as the Democratic Nominee for Congress for Virginia’s 10th District – advocating for public education, affordable healthcare, and fiscal responsibility.

Immediately prior to joining the NAACP, Brooks led the Newark-based New Jersey Institute for Social Justice as president and CEO. Within a mere five years, the Institute passed a constitutional amendment, bail reform, “Ban the Box,” foreclosure reform, and prison re-entry legislation, which The New York Times hailed as “a model for the rest of the nation.”  

Brooks also produced an award-winning documentary on criminal justice.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Brooks and to celebrate the Second Anniversary of the Founding of Bethel Community Church of Pottstown” says Dr. Vernon Ross, Jr., Pastor and Founder.

Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. 

Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.

Founded May 3, 2015, Bethel Community Church of Pottstown is a Christ-centered, Bible-based, non-denominational, multicultural, multigenerational Church with a mission to welcome and embrace all people and committed to the community.

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