April 26, 2020

Before mainstream media began reporting the disproportionately high COVID-19 death rates among African Americans, Black churches were already on the move. As institutions on the frontlines, many of them knew immediately the additional ravage a pandemic would bring to the Black community. In the Bay Area, Pastor Michael McBride is one of many who sprung into action.

“Even before the pandemic, we were living in a crisis situation...

April 26, 2020

NAACP and BET’s four-part initiative examines how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting African Americans. The series, titled “Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall,” looks at the federal response to the pandemic, plus the economic impact and mental health toll on communities of color.

“Loving others is anchored in how we love ourselves. So my question is: How are you doing? Are you loving yourself? Are you making sure that yo...

April 26, 2020

As a former Los Angeles middle school teacher, I know firsthand what statistics show: schools are failing to prepare the majority of African-American students for success. Our Black teenagers are in a learning crisis. Covid-19 is about to make it much worse.

A 2017 report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) found that just 18 percent of Black eighth-graders reach reading “proficiency.” And in 2015 NAEP fou...

April 26, 2020

Before the COVID-19 crisis swept the United States, Nadir Johnson planned to take his daughter on a college tour—flying roundtrip from California to Washington, D.C.—in late March and return home in early April.

As the departure date neared, coronavirus prompted widespread flight changes and cancellations. The 46-year-old father from Mountain House, Calif., received an email from United Airlines rescheduling his return direct f...

April 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. (April 10, 2020) – Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO, made the following statement about today’s White House call on the impact of COVID-19 on the African-American community.

“This pandemic has exposed the inequality that exists everywhere, particularly in the U.S. healthcare system, resulting in harm to African Americans at a drastically disproportionate rate. The nation has seen only a small glimpse in...

March 19, 2020

“COVID-19 is a White man’s disease. It doesn't seem to infect Black people,” said Jane, a community leader in New Haven, Conn., who had come to the U.S. as a refugee from Africa many years ago. Jane addressed my team of health services researchers and members of the local immigrant community to improve communication between medical doctors and refugee patients.

Our team meets regularly to develop plans that address health lit...

March 19, 2020

As the nation shifts to urgency on COVID-19, the NAACP convened an hourlong town hall via teleconference on March 15 to share information and expertise that can protect communities.

The NAACP Emergency Tele-Town Hall included medical, policy, faith and philanthropic leaders who discussed how individuals can prevent coronavirus infection, how government leaders are taking action and how everyone can ease the inequities caused by...

July 29, 2019

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams called for partnerships at every level to improve health outcomes for all Americans at the NAACP’s 110th annual convention in Detroit. Adams was the keynote speaker at the convention’s health luncheon.

During his talk, Adams addressed the political elephant in the room. The surgeon general, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, acknowledged the tensions between the current administration...

June 10, 2019

The health statistics are real: African Americans die more often of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and many other chronic health conditions than their White counterparts. But the organizers of a new research program have a unique approach to change that narrative.  

“Despite the best intentions of medical providers and researchers, health care in the United States largely employs a one-size-fits-all system,” says Dr. D...

Pictured: Dr. Michael A. Lindsey

Seven Bridges’ mother says the 10-year-old was a Christian whose faith was so strong that he prayed for the children who bullied him. The Louisville, Ky., fifth-grader would often receive taunts over a health condition that required him to wear a colostomy bag. In accordance to his Christian ethos, he turned the other cheek when a fellow student called him the N-word on a school bus. Another stu...

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The Crisis magazine is a quarterly journal of politics, culture, civil rights and history that seeks to educate and challenge its readers about issues facing African-Americans and other communities of color.

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