Traelon T. Rodgers is a Senior Urban Studies and Public Policy Major at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Rodgers intends to use his bachelor's degree to work in the government while obtaining his Juris Doctorate. Rodgers is a native of Arlington, Texas and an alumnus of Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet at Townview.
He currently serves as a National Board Member for the NAACP and the Assistant Secretary of the Board. At the age of 21, Rodgers is the youngest person elected as a national officer of the NAACP. He serves as the Vice Chair of the Elections Supervisory, Membership and Units, and Legal committees. He is also a member of Dillard University's Nationally Ranked Mock Trial team and a two-term Student Government Association President.
Rodgers has served in many leadership roles, including Vice Chairman for the City of Dallas Youth Commission, Chairman of the NAACP National Youth Work Committee (NYWC), and President of the Dallas NAACP Youth Council. His proudest moment as the President of the Dallas Youth Council was when he led a district-wide walkout to bring awareness to gun violence in schools. In the position of Chairman of the NYWC, he created task forces that addressed social justice issues that impact NAACP youth.
Rodgers is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., a service fraternity. He was initiated into the Beta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 2019 and is a Kappa Fellow. He serves as the chairman of intake and recently received Undergraduate Brother with the Highest GPA.
Rodgers has received the Torchbearer Award, the NAACP NYWC Chairmans Award, the City of Dallas Appreciation for Dedication and service to the community, the Texas NAACP State Conference Torch Bearers Award, and Rice University Best Attorney Award.
NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson:
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NAACP President Derrick Johnson: "…in America, on any day of the week, a Black person can be brutally beaten to death less than a hundred feet from his home by those who are supposedly here to 'serve and protect' our communities.
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