09.16.135:15 PM ET

Time for a Woman to Lead NAACP?

After 104 years of men at the helm.

The announcement that NAACP’s president, Ben Jealous, will step down on Dec. 31 has left the organization’s members wondering who will replace him next year. Journalist Michael Cottman thinks the next leader of the 104-year-old NAACP should be a woman.  “After 104 years, the nation’s largest—and oldest—civil rights organization should evolve and move into the future for the first time with a woman at the helm,” Cottman writes in an op-ed for and on a petition on He suggests that Roslyn Brock, the NAACP’s national chairperson, would be a worthy contender for the title.