Benjamin Jealous, the former head of the NAACP who became a leading surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign last year, endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison on Monday to lead the Democratic National Committee.
The endorsement came just days after 10 candidates to lead the national Democratic Party held a forum in Baltimore to debate the future of the Democratic party under President Donald Trump.
"In this moment, the Democratic Party needs a leader who has the wherewithal to unite and lead the opposition," said Jealous, a Baltimore native and Maryland resident.
"With a young, progressive leader who rose from the grassroots, Keith’s election will...
President Barack Obama, at the time the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, speaks to attendees at the 99th annual convention of the NAACP in Cincinnati, Ohio.