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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Van Jones Receives NAACP President's Award

Van Jones, right, will recieve the President's Award at the 41st NAACP Image Awards. Jones is the co-founder of three social justice organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. Van is the best-selling author of "The Green Collar Economy." He helped to pass the Green Jobs Act. From March to September 2009, he worked as the special advisor for green jobs in the Obama White House. A 1993 graduate of the Yale Law School, Van is the recipient of many awards and honors. TIME Magazine named Jones one of the 100 most influential people of 2009. That same year, he was included in Ebony¹s "Power 150" list of the most influential African Americans. In 2008, Essence named him one of the 25 most inspiring African Americans. Today, Van is a senior strategist for Green For All and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. In Fall 2010, he will teach an advanced environmental course at Princeton University.
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