Roslyn Brock

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Roslyn Brock
Born Roslyn McCallister
(1965-05-30) May 30, 1965 (age 48)
Fort Pierce, Florida
Occupation Chairman, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Roslyn McCallister Brock (born May 30, 1965) is an African-American civil rights leader, healthcare executive, and health activist. She was selected to succeed Julian Bond as chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on February 20, 2010, becoming the fourth woman and the youngest person to serve in the position.[1]

Biography[edit]

Brock was born in 1965 in Fort Pierce, Florida. She was married to Randall Eugene Brock, who died in 1995.[2]

She received her bachelors degree from Virginia Union University, graduating magna cum laude in 1987. She earned three masters, in healthcare administration from George Washington University in 1989, in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1999, and in divinity from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in 2009.[2]

Brock worked for ten years in healthcare management at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. Since 2001, she has served as an executive for Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Maryland.[1][3] She currently resides in Elkridge, Maryland.[4]

Brock is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.[1]

NAACP involvement[edit]

Brock joined the NAACP in 1984 as a freshman at Virginia Union University, and she was named a Youth Board Member the following year.[5] Her 1989 master's thesis, under the supervision of NAACP executive director Benjamin Hooks, was entitled "Developing a NAACP Health Outreach Program for Minorities." Beginning in 1991, she initiated Health Symposiums at the annual NAACP National Conventions. She also served as Vice Chairman of the NAACP Health Committee. She was appointed Chair of the Convention Planning Committee in 1999.[1]

In February 2001, Brock was unanimously elected Vice Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors at the age of 35. She was the youngest to be named to the position and the first woman to serve.[6]

Julian Bond, who had served as NAACP Chairman from 1998, stayed on in the position through 2009 as the organization celebrated its 100th anniversary. Brock was chosen as Bond's successor on February 20, 2010, at the age of 44. She is the youngest person ever to serve as NAACP Chairman.[4][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Official bio". National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Retrieved 2010-02-20. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Profile". Official website. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  3. ^ Washington, Jesse (20 February 2010). "NAACP elects Brock, 44, as youngest board chairman". Business Week. The Associated Press. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Thompson, Krissah (2010-02-20). "Roslyn Brock named NAACP chairman, marking generation change". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  5. ^ Urbina, Ian (20 February 2010). "Health Executive to Lead N.A.A.C.P.". The New York Times (New York, NY). Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "NAACP chooses successor to Chairman Julian Bond". CNN. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 

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