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Listen to Dr. Ben Chavis today on the Carl Nelson show.

Listen to Dr. Ben Chavis today on the Carl Nelson show.

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is the President of Education

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



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)