Online Services Corporation (EOServe Corp), the world’s leading provider of online higher
education for Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America, as well as
other academic institutions of higher learning throughout the world. Additionally, Dr. Chavis is
the President and CEO of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN). Dr. Benjamin F.
Chavis, Jr., along side of Business Mogul Russell Simmons, co-founded HSAN, the world’s
largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives. Dr. Chavis also travels
around the world giving lectures on varies topics, helping to uplift, transform, and sculpt
IN THE BEGINNING…
A native of Oxford, North Carolina, Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. began his career in 1963, as
a statewide youth coordinator in NC for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). In 1970, Chavis was appointed
Southern Regional Program Director of the 1.7million member United Church of
Christ Commission for Racial Justice (UCC-CRJ) and by 1985 was named the
Executive Director and CEO of the UCC-CRJ. In 1988, Dr. Chavis was elected
Vice President of the National Council of Churches of the USA. From 1985 to 1993, Dr.
Chavis wrote and produced the national syndicated newspaper column and radio program,
“Civil Rights Journal.” In 1993 and 1994 Dr. Chavis served as the Executive Director and
CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1995,
Dr. Chavis was the National Director and organizer of the Million Man March. From 1995 to
1997, Chavis was the Executive Director and CEO of the National African American
Leadership Summit (NAALS). In 2001, Dr. Chavis and Russell Simmons Co-founded the
Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. In 2009, Dr. Chavis joined with Ezell Brown to establish the
Education Online Services Corporation.
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. received the Bachelor of Arts, BA, in Chemistry from University of
North Carolina; the Master of Divinity, M.Div., magna cum laude, from Duke University; and
the Doctor of Ministry, D. Min., from Howard University. Dr. Chavis has also completed
course requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D., in systematic theology,
Union Theological Seminary.
Dr. Chavis has authored books and other publications including: An American Political
Prisoner Appeals for Human Rights, Psalms from Prison, Toxic Waste and Race in the
United States of America: A National Report on the Racial and Socioeconomic
Characteristics of Communities with Hazardous Waste Sites, Report of Fact Finding Mission
of African American Church and Community Leaders to the Republic of Angola, Pastoral
Letter on Contemporary Racism and the Role of the Church, and The National Agenda:
Public Policy Issues, Analyses, And Programmatic Plans of Action (2000-2008)
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