Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, released the following statement on the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as a candidate on the presidential ticket of a major political party: 

Throughout the history of this nation, Black women have been at the forefront of moving us toward a more representative and unified society. From the voting booth to grassroots movements, Black women have fought for and uplifted this co...

August 11, 2020

The tragic death of George Floyd has created a much-needed dialogue around race in America. Floyd's childhood friends Herbert Mouton, Vaughn Dickerson and Jonathan Veal of 88 Initiatives C.H.U.M.P.S. (Communities Helping Underprivileged Minorities Program) spoke with Crisis magazine editor Lottie Joiner. Giving a glimpse of the man behind the movement and to discuss new initiatives created to honor the legacy of George Floyd....

July 29, 2020

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We are making it easy for everyone to read and download our July 2020 issue.

In this issue, we explore:

  • The effects of COVID-19 and Black America

  • How Black Lives Matter protests are changing policing nationwide

  • Smithsonian's new online race portal

  • Q&A with Ella Jones, 1st Black female Mayor of Ferguson, MO 

  • The NAACP Today

  • ...

July 19, 2020

The NAACP is devastated by the passing of Congressman John Lewis, a giant in the Civil Rights Movement who carried the mantle in the continuing battle for civil rights and equal justice in our nation.

We are deeply saddened by his passing but profoundly grateful for the contributions he made in his lifetime. His life-long career of pushing this nation toward justice, fairness and liberty left a permanent impression on our nati...

One of the most repeated mythologies about sports is the idea that it has the ability to heal a nation.

Certainly, we all remember specific sports moments and their tremendous emotional impact on the country in times of peril. I remember Derek Jeter hitting a World Series walk-off home run as the clock struck midnight on Nov. 1, 2001, giving America something to cheer about post 9/11. I wept like a baby when my New Orleans Sai...

July 4, 2020

Last week, the GOP-led Senate voted to confirm another Trump judicial nominee before responding to nationwide demands for policing reform and desperate calls for more relief from the deadly pandemic still raging across the country. For Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, this is exactly where his priorities lie. Judges have always come first. He recently fast-tracked his protégé Justin Walker to the nation’s second highest...

June 23, 2020

Jennifer Pinckney is just beginning to grieve.

It's been five years since white supremacist, Dylann Roof brutally murdered nine Black people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on the evening of June 17, 2015, during Bible study. Pinckney’s husband, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor, and a South Carolina State senator were one of the nine killed. 

The coronavirus shelter-in-place order has given P...

As far as pop culture and literature go, we have everything from I Am Legend and World War Z to Handmaids Tale, and many things in between to tell us about how this coronavirus unzips.  As a culture, we’ve told ourselves so many dystopian stories, we can’t discern between those and the reality that everyone is now living.  However, for many — depending on your race, class and so many other areas of identity — these stories of...

April 26, 2020

The NAACP is mobilizing organizers and leaders across the nation to encourage Black residents to participate in the 2020 census amid the novel COVID-19 outbreak.

“This census is more important than the 2020 presidential election,” said Casey Thomas II, a Dallas, Texas city councilman. “Once the election is over, this process is going to determine federal resources, congressional seats and the redistricting process.”

In Dallas, w...

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...

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