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Name: Kweisi Mfume                                                                     
Born: 24 October 1948                                                                   
Kweisi Mfume - NAACP President and CEO                                                 
Kweisi Mfume became President and Chief Executive Officer of the National               
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on February 20, 1996,         
after being unanimously elected to the post by the NAACP's Board of Directors.         
Mr. Mfume gave up his seat in the United States Congress where he had, for ten         
years, represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District, to assume the NAACP           
presidency.Kweisi Mfume, whose West African name means, "conquering son of kings,"     
was born, raised and educated in Baltimore, and it was there that he followed           
his dreams to impact society and shape a more humane public policy. Mfume became       
politically active as a freshman in college, as editor of the school's newspaper       
and as head of the Black Student Union. He graduated magna cum laude from Morgan       
State University, and later returned there as an adjunct professor, teaching           
courses in political science and communications. In 1984, he earned a Masters           
degree in liberal arts, with a concentration in International Studies, from             
Johns Hopkins University.                                                               
As Mfume's community involvement grew, so did his popularity as an activist,           
organizer, and radio commentator. He translated that approval into a grassroots         
election victory when he won a seat on the Baltimore City Council in 1979 by a         
margin of just three votes. During his seven years of service in local                 
government, Kweisi Mfume led the efforts to diversify city government, improve         
community safety, enhance minority business development and divest city funds           
from the apartheid government of South Africa. Later, in 1986, he was decisively       
elected to the Congressional seat that he was to hold for the next decade.             
As a Member of Congress, Kweisi Mfume was active with broad committee                   
obligations. He served on the Banking and Financial Services Committee, and held       
the ranking seat on the General Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He           
also served as a member of the Committee on Education and as a senior member of         
the Small Business Committee.                                                           
While in his third term, the Speaker of the House chose him to serve on the             
Ethics Committee and the Joint Economic Committee of the House and Senate where         
he later became chair.                                                                 
As a member of the House of Representatives, Congressman Mfume consistently             
advocated landmark minority business and civil rights legislation. He                   
successfully co-sponsored and helped to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act.       
He authorized the minority contracting and employment amendments to the                 
Financial Institutions Reform and Recovery Act. He strengthened Equal Credit           
Opportunity Law, and amended the Community Reinvestment Act in the interest of         
minority financial institutions. He co-authored and successfully amended the           
Civil Rights Bill of 1991 to apply the act to U.S. citizens working for American-based 
companies abroad. He also sponsored legislative initiatives banning assault             
weapons and establishing stalking as a federal crime.                                   
Mr. Mfume has served as chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and later as       
the Caucus' Chair of the Task Force on Affirmative Action. During his last term         
in Congress, he was appointed by the House Democratic Caucus as the Vice-Chairman       
for Communications.                                                                     
Since assuming the position of President and CEO of the nation's oldest and             
largest civil rights organization, Kweisi Mfume has raised the standards and           
expectations of NAACP branches nationwide, and has worked with the NAACP               
volunteers across the country to help usher in a whole new generation of civil         
rights advocacy.                                                                       
His six-point action agenda, which encompasses Civil Rights, Political                 
Empowerment, Educational Excellence, Economic Development, Health and Youth             
Outreach, has given the NAACP a clear and compelling blueprint for the 21st             
Mr. Mfume was formerly a member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval             
Academy in Annapolis, the Advisory Board of the Schomburg Commission for the           
Preservation of Black Culture, and the Senior Advisory Committee of the Harvard         
University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is presently a member of the       
Gamma Boule Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Most Worshipful Prince Hall Masons and Big         
Brothers and Big Sisters. He also serves on the Johns Hopkins University Board         
of Trustees, the Morgan State University Board of Regents, the Meyerhoff               
National Advisory Board of the University of Maryland, and the Board of Trustees       
for the Enterprise Foundation.