April 26, 2020

As a college student, Dekoven Riggins came across an interesting exhibit several years ago at Langston University.

“I was just walking through the library and there was this huge display,” the Oklahoma City native told attendees at a screening of his feature film, Black Wall Street Burning at Tulsa’s Circle Cinema in February. “I walked past the display and then I moonwalked backwards and said, ‘What is this?’”

The display was a...

April 17, 2020

Mr. Nate could step forward or step back. He was among the most persistent and effective grassroots organizers in Mississippi. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, he built relationships and built on relationships, encouraging people to register to vote, to participate in agricultural elections, to run for office, to send their children to Headstart, to desegregate the schools, to buy shares in a...

February 18, 2020

Diahann Carroll was a class act.   

Carroll died of breast cancer on Oct. 4, 2019, at the age of 84. She was a barrier-breaker, pioneer and trailblazer.

In 1962, she became the first Black female to win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the Richard Rodgers Broadway musical, No Strings. She was the first African American, male or female, to be nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the groundbreakin...

February 9, 2020

On Feb. 12, 1900, Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing was performed by school children in Jacksonville, Fla. The song’s author was James Weldon Johnson, a renaissance man who was an educator, lawyer, novelist and activist. Johnson initially imagined Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing as a poem that would celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. But on the page it became something else.

Johnson’s lyrics told the story of Black life in terms that...

February 8, 2020

 Cynthia Erivo earned two Academy Award nominations for her starring role as the prolific hero Harriet Tubman in the film Harriet, setting her on the path to becoming an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner. Erivo was nominated for Best Actress and Best Original Song.
At 32, the South London-born actress has already earned herself a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy for her work in the Broadway version of The Color Purple.

Her impr...

February 7, 2020

When civil rights and comedic icon Dick Gregory died two years ago, his son, Christian Gregory, was determined his father's legacy would avoid the fate of so many other departed icons.

Standing on the stage of the City of Praise megachurch in suburban Maryland in September 2017, Christian delivered a eulogy worthy of his father — funny, profoundly relevant, and deeply touching.

In doing so, Christian captured the essence of his...

January 27, 2020

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, made the following statement about the passing of former U.S. Circuit Court Judge Nathaniel R. Jones today in Cincinnati:

“The entire NAACP family is devastated by this news. To the nation, he was a civil rights icon. To the NAACP, he was a beloved leader, colleague, and friend.

Judge Jones served as General Counsel to NAACP from 1969 until 1979. His vision and skill in navigating civil rights...

Today, our nation honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man whose dream of an America that fulfilled its promise of equal rights for all has inspired generations to fight for justice.

From the Montgomery Bus Boycott to the historic March on Washington, Dr. King’s extraordinary record of achievement has challenged our society to be better and to come together to fight against the evils of racism, discrimin...

December 19, 2019

I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Jamestown to Jamestown journey with the NAACP in August as we commemorated the 400th year of Africans arrival in America, landing in the English settlement to be named Jamestown, Va.

We’ve got to be very clear about this. That’s when the White Lion pirate ship arrived at Point Comfort near Jamestown. At that time, there was already a thriving African slave trade going on in other...

December 9, 2019

The entirety of the African-American experience is the embodiment of resistance and resilience. Our position in this country has always been unwelcomed, illegal. We are the perpetual “other.” This marginalization and brutality are the source of a great many forms of resistance. But it was that famous Pan Africanist Marcus Garvey who noted that we of the African Diaspora who were strewn about by the slave trade, are the descend...

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