December 9, 2019

 We need to transform our priorities for Black liberation in the United States of America. The next 400 years of Black life in America requires everyday people fighting for their liberation, along with leaders and organizations. We can no longer withstand the brutal and entrenched attacks from political, cultural and corporate forces focused on trying to deny our humanity.

As I reflect on more than 15 years of my own Black femi...

September 10, 2019

As executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), David Johns works to end racism, homophobia and LGBTQ+ bias. It’s a battle with high stakes — one he was uniquely prepared to fight.

“As a Black boy growing up in Inglewood, being gay was not a possibility,” Johns said. “I had same-sex desires, but it was not something I could have acted on in any way, shape or form.”

Johns had no examples of Black LGBTQ+ men...

Months after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire for the racist images on his yearbook page from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1984, he remains in office, a battered and chastised public figure. But maybe this isn’t a bad thing. A quick resignation would have elicited rhetorical condemnations, a symbolic “washing of hands” and sent the wrong message that everything has been resolved.  It most certainly has not bee...

June 10, 2019

As the ramifications of the 2016 and 2018 elections continue to pile up and the stakes in 2020 loom large, scores of young Black go-getters gathered in Washington, D.C., in May to swap notes and set a political game plan.

The rally point was the second annual Black Millennial Convention (BMC), which aims to “advance racial equity, increase Black political power, and expand civic engagement” among people of African descent, ages...

May 10, 2019

Oct. 17, 2018, began like any other pre-dawn Thursday morning, except that the light in Danye Jones’ basement bedroom was still on when his stepfather, Derek Chatman, entered the North St. Louis County home after his overnight shift. Annoyed, Chatman yelled Danye’s name. No response.  Danye’s mother, Melissa McKinnies, ran downstairs from her bedroom to investigate the racket.

A single brick from the back patio lay at the foot...

May 10, 2019

Roadside assistance. That’s all Corey Jones wanted in the early hours of Oct. 18, 2015. Instead, Nouman Raja — a Florida police officer in plain clothes and an unmarked vehicle — shot him to death. On March 7, a jury convicted Corey Jones' killer of manslaughter and attempted murder, marking the first time in 30 years that an on-duty police officer in Florida has been convicted in this type of shooting. It’s a just outcome tha...

The real Oscar Grant was a young man who loved God, who treasured his family and who wanted to make a difference in the community and in his family's life.

As a kid, Oscar loved the spotlight. When we had programs at church, he would be one of the first to volunteer to say the scripture out loud or to do the prayer. Eventually, he joined the choir. One time he sang a solo, and he was so loud. It was so funny. Before he joined t...

2nd Lt. Richard Collins III wanted to be the next Colin Powell.

“He thought that there was no limit to what he could do. We had conversations and he said, ‘Mom, the world is going to know my name,’” remembers Dawn Collins of her son.

But on May 20, 2017, the 23-year-old Bowie State University student was stabbed to death by a White supremacist while waiting at a bus stop at the University of Maryland. The person accused of his d...

April 30, 2019

NAACP Historic Jamestown to Jamestown Trip will mark 400 years of Africans in America

2019 marks the 400th year enslaved Africans first touched the shores of what would become America.  In a historic trip, the NAACP will travel to Ghana as part of the country’s Year of Return. The Jamestown to Jamestown event will allow members of the African-American community to honor both their African ancestors and the struggle for Black li...

March 4, 2019

Before Tiffany Dena Loftin took on her new job as director of the NAACP Youth and College Division, she spent a week and a half on vacation in Belize. She just chilled: no phone, no technology, lots of sightseeing and beach-bumming. It was the best preliminary self-care the Los Angeles native could have done to prepare for a position that has kept her on constant go since she started on Feb. 13.

“There really hasn’t been a tran...

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