Roslyn M. Brock made history in February 2010 when she was unanimously elected the 14th Chairman of the NAACP’s National Board. Not only is Brock the youngest person to hold this position, but she is also the fourth woman to be elected as Chairman of the National Advancement of Colored People.
Additionally, Brock serves as Vice President of Advocacy and Government Relations for Bon Secours Health System Incorporated, in Marriottsville, Maryland. She graduated magna cum laude at Virginia Union University, and earned her master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University.
Brock also attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northern University, where she earned her MBA, and a Master of Divinity degree at Virginia Union University. Brock has been a servant leader with the NAACP for more than twenty five years, after joining the association as a freshman at Virginia Union University.
As a college freshman, Brock was elected President of the Youth and College Division from the Commonweath of Virginia. One year later, she was elected as a Youth Board Member from Region 7 representing the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. During her time as a youth Board Member and Vice Chairman of the NAACP Board Health Commitee, Brock led the policy debate to recognize access to quality health care as a civil rights issue.
Brock had a passion for health care which inspired the National Board’s ratification and inclusion of a health committee as a standing committee in its constitution. In 1989, with help from her mentor Rev. Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks, Brock wrote the program manual “Developing a NAACP Health Outreach Program for Minorities.”
Brock served as Vice Chairman of the National Board for nine years. In 2005, she helped to create the NAACP Leadership 500 Summit with several other young adult members of the Association. The Summit’s goal is to train a new generation of civil rights leaders ages 40-50 to the NAACP.
In her lifetime, Brock had received numerous health care, community service, and leadership awards. Her leadership skills have been recognized by several national publications and organizations. In September 2010, Brock was featured in Essence magazine’s “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who Are Changing the World.” Brock says her goal in life is embodied in the African proverb, “Care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible.”
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