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Jim Vincent, head of the NAACP-Providence, is a frequent speaker on diversity issues in Rhode Island. Whether it’s going on the radio with WPRO’s Gene Valicenti in the early morning hours, to speaking on the noon news for local television, or on his own show, Jim’s stalwart advocacy is part of these important times in Rhode Island, as we maneuver our way through issues of diversity in education, gun violence, and vaccine hesitancy and access in the minority community. We are honored he is also a contributing writer to RINewsToday. His own television show, The Jim Vincent Show, can be seen Sunday mornings at 9:00am on CW 28 (Cox/Verizon 9) and Monday evenings at 7:30pm on Cox 13 and Verizon 32.
Learn more about the NAACP’s work in Rhode Island, here: http://naacpprov.org/
Two recent interviews are posted below – the first on RIPBS A Lively Experiment – the second a radio interview on The Public’s Radio.
Jim Vincent, head of the NAACP-Providence Branch is a regular guest on A Lively Experiment. Here, in the first show taped back in the studio, Jim joins Moderator Jim Hummel, Brown University professor Wendy Schiller, and former state representative Dan Reilly. Topics are:
Jim Vincent is in his 5th term as the president of the NAACP Providence Branch.
He is also the producer and host of the Jim Vincent Television Show.
Jim writes and speaks with passion on the issue of diversity.
He has spent his entire career working in housing and community development. Since 1998, he has served as Manager of Constituent Advocacy at Rhode Island Housing, where he provides outreach and technical assistance to undeserved communities.
A tireless advocate in affordable housing and minority issues, Jim has provided leadership on numerous boards and organizations – the RI Affirmative Action Professionals, East Bay Community Action, the Providence Public Library, the Urban League of RI, and the Providence Branch NAACP.
Additionally, Jim has co-chaired RI Minority Enterprise Development Week, and served as media chair for both the RI Black Heritage Society Ball and the 2005 RI Cape Verdean Common Threads conference. He is vice president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, spokesperson of the African Alliance of RI and serves on a multitude of other boards, such as United Way of RI, RI Civil Rights Roundtable, RI for Community and Justice Advisory Board, among others.
Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He is originally from Boston’s South End, where he spent the first years of his career working in local and state government and non-profits. He later served as Housing Coordinator for the City of East Providence. He currently lives in Cranston.