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 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 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...

January 28, 2020

When I was in the 11th grade, I had the opportunity to write my first screenplay through NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) program. The program provides a platform for Black high school students—more than 300,000 to date—to bring their ideas to life and kickstart their journeys to becoming leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), humanities, business, and the ar...

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...

Parents of this Black student (pictured), filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging school administrators at a Pearland junior high school colored in the student’s scalp with a permanent marker for violating dress code with his hair

On the eve of one of the most important presidential elections of our lifetime, many Americans are justifiably focused on the Congressional hearings to impeach President Donald Trump. But while...

In August, the NAACP took nearly 300 people to Ghana. It was the largest delegation for the country’s historic Year of Return. During the 10-day trip, participants visited the home of NAACP co-founder W.E.B. DuBois, met village chiefs and toured the Cape Coast Slave Castle where millions of captured Africans were kept before the horrific Middle Passage, which took them to a life of bondage in the Americas. Under Ghana’s dark s...

December 9, 2019

HER Idea, a new initiative created by the NAACP’s Economic Department, will focus on female entrepreneurship. The initiative launched with an HBCU tour and a podcast. The goal of HER Idea is to encourage young Black women to think about business ownership.

The podcast began Oct. 10, and the tour held its first event Oct. 22-24 at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. Participants learned about funding and networking opportunities.

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