May 19, 2020

Adding value to Black-majority cities requires federal investments in housing,  education, business development, and healthcare. It’s unlikely, with the current makeup, that a predominately White U.S. Senate and House will vote for legislation that will prioritize adding value to Black neighborhoods. Appeals to lawmakers for this kind of progressive policy haven’t worked so far. Investments toward uplifting the Black electorat...

December 9, 2019

 My mother was thrilled when she learned she was pregnant with me. When her relationship went sour, she realized that she would have to raise me on her own.

My earliest memories of my mother are that she worked a myriad of jobs during the day. She was a manicurist, worked at a laundromat, and she cleaned homes. She worked in stockrooms. She drove delivery trucks. She did anything she needed to do to take care of the baby girl t...

Officials opened the 110th National NAACP Convention on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Detroit by declaring a fight to eliminate racism, boost voter participation, increase economic empowerment among African Americans, and prove its relevancy in the nation’s highly charged racial climate.

The convention, expected to draw at least 10,000 people and add $11 million to the local economy, returned to Detroit for the first time since 2...

Voters purged off rolls.

Bad information about voter identification requirements.

Unnecessary requests to justify an address.

These narratives are coming from places as varied as North Dakota’s Native American community to Atlanta’s metropolitan south, courtesy of the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections hearings and listening sessions.

The subcommittee, headed by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) wants to put a voice and face...

February 5, 2019

When Russia looked for reliable voters to influence during the 2016 presidential campaign, the target was obvious: African Americans, in general and particularly African American women.

Although Black voters are overwhelmingly Democratic, African American women especially are dedicated Democrats. In 2008 and 2012, Black women voted more than any other racial or ethnic group, and 96 percent of those votes went to President Barac...

December 19, 2018

I have no doubt that many observers entered the 2018 general election cycle hopeful that at least one African American candidate would have a breakthrough and win an unprecedented statewide office. At the start of the general election cycle, Democratic voters in three states (Florida, Georgia and Maryland) had nominated Black gubernatorial candidates. Blacks were nominated for lieutenant governor and attorney general in seven...

November 9, 2018

BALTIMORE(November 9, 2018)–NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, sent a letter to Georgia elections officials just two days after the state’s too-close-to-call elections, demanding a prompt investigation into reports that Georgia student voters were turned away from polling stations, unable to vote. Others were improperly required to vote provisional ballots.

The letter cites two instances wh...

November 7, 2018

In a huge victory for voting rights, Florida voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative on Tuesday that could  restore voting rights  to as many as 1.4 million ex-felons in the state. It received about 64 percent of the vote with most votes counted, clearing the 60 percent threshold needed to pass. 

Amendment 4, as it was called on the ballot, automatically restores voting rights to pe...

November 5, 2018

Five days from the 2018 midterm elections, a coalition of social justice and racial equity organizations presented their research on young voters of color, and the issues that matter most to them. In the findings, racism and racial justice were the chief issues driving 18-to-24 year-olds of color to the polls, with nearly half of respondents identifying it as the first of their top four reasons to vote.

“We’re very excited abou...

November 4, 2018

Nearly 80 percent of African Americans disapprove of the job President Donald Trump is doing according to a poll conducted in July by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decisions. The report was released Aug. 7 by the NAACP, which commissioned the study.

“The 2016 election was the first election in recent history without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act and we see the consequences,” said Derrick...

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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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