Roslyn Brock

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Roslyn Brock
Chairman Emeritus of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Board of Directors
Assumed office
Preceded byJulian Bond
Personal details
Roslyn McCallister

(1965-05-30) May 30, 1965 (age 53)
Fort Pierce, Florida, U.S.
Alma materVirginia Union University[1]

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.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Brock was born in 1965 in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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.[1]


Brock worked for ten years in healthcare management at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. She has served as the Vice-President of Advocacy and Government Relations for Bon Secours Health System in Marriottsville, Maryland.[2][3]

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.[4] 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.[2]

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.[5]

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.[6][5]


Brock is a member of the Board of Trustees of The George Washington University, and past chair of the Board of Advisors of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, as well as being a member of the Kellogg School of Management Global Advisory Board at Northwestern University, and Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), the American Public Health Association, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.[2]


"Courage will not skip this generation!" is Brock's trademark mantra.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Randall Eugene Brock, who died in 1995.[1]

Brock currently resides in Elkridge, Maryland.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Profile". Official website. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  2. ^ a b c d "Official bio". National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. 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. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b "NAACP chooses successor to Chairman Julian Bond". CNN. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  6. ^ a b Thompson, Krissah (2010-02-20). "Roslyn Brock named NAACP chairman, marking generation change". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-02-20.

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