After five years in office, NAACP president Jealous has decided to step down due to family concerns. Amidst a strong five years, his time in office was also marked by a couple of controversies. Most notably in 2010, Jealous condemned USDA employee, Sherley Sherrod, for stating what appeared to be biased remarks against a white farm worker. It was later revealed that the video had been edited down from its longer version which showed that Sherrods broader point was not biased. After his resignation announcement, Jealous also suggested the organization might be looking at a female as the new president.

The man who has become the face of the NAACP — from marches protesting the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin to vigils for death row inmate Troy Davis in Georgia — is resigning effective Dec. 31.

In an interview with USA TODAY, Benjamin Todd Jealous said the constant travel as president and CEO of the nation’s largest civil rights organization has kept him away too much from his wife, civil rights lawyer Lia Epperson, and children, daughter Morgan, 7, and Jack, 13 months. He said he plans to make a formal announcement to his staff Monday morning.

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