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CBS This Morning: NAACP President on Significance of Trial as Country Braces for Verdict
“Unfortunately, Derek Chauvin is getting the due process that George Floyd was denied.” NAACP President Derrick Johnson sits with Gayle King to discuss the Derek Chauvin Trial.

ABC News: NAACP President on Chauvin Verdict
President Johnson talks with ABC News about police accountability, Ma’Khia Bryant, and the need for immediate action on police reform.

CBS News: Justice Dept Launches Probe into Minneapolis Police Dept.
President Johnson joins CBS News to discuss the aftermath of the Derek Chauvin Verdict and what justice for George Floyd really looks like.

CNN: Officer Who Fatally Shot Wright Makes Court Appearance
The change that we’re seeking doesn’t start nor end with the conviction of Derek Chauvin’. Minneapolis NAACP President Minneapolis State Conference President Angela Rose Myers talks Daunte Wright, George Floyd, and the NAACP’s continued fight for justice and equality in the state of Minneapolis.

MSNBC: The change that we’re seeking doesn’t start nor end with the conviction of Derek Chauvin’: Minneapolis NAACP President
MSNBC’s Craig Melvin is joined by the President of the Minneapolis NAACP Chapter, Angela Rose Myers to discuss the police reform Minneapolis residents are seeking.

The Mehdi Hasan Show: Derek Chauvin Guilty of Murder in George Floyd's Death
“Are we gonna go forward to make sure that equal protection under the law is for everyone or are we going to use this moment only to...continue to devolve into chaos?” - NAACP President Derrick Johnson

MSNBC: Judge to decide on 'aggravating factors' in Chauvin prison sentence
MSNBC’s Katy Tur talks with Rev. Al Sharpton, former Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Mary Moriarity, NAACP President Derrick Johnson and George Floyd’s cousin Shareeduh Tate about Derek Chauvin’s sentencing and police reform.

WAPT News: NAACP President Speaks out After Chauvin Verdict
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson of Jackson was in Minneapolis as the Derek Chauvin trial wrapped up. "I was holding out hope it would go either way," Johnson said. "I was bracing for the outcome as we focused on the next step." Johnson said the jury coming back with a guilty verdict on all three charges against Chauvin is good, but the work for change and justice continues.

Fox Soul: A Message from NAACP's Press Secretary
NAACP National Press Secretary Marc Banks, joins Fox Soul’s Black Report to talk about the NAACP’s recent visit to Minneapolis, the state of the black community, and how you can get involved with the NAACP today.

Now This: NAACP President Calls George Floyd's Death a Modern Day Lynching
President Johnson talks with Now This News about George Floyd, the history of the naacp, modern day lynching and the countries desperate need for police accountability. We need police reform now.

New York Times: NAACP Leader Says ‘a Few Checks’ Can’t Fix Structural Racism
Derrick Johnson, the president and chief executive of the NAACP, was on the phone with other civil rights leaders on Tuesday afternoon, discussing strategy for how to respond to different possible outcomes in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with murdering George Floyd.

NAACP Youth and College: Ohio State Conference on Murder of Ma’Khia Bryant
As the world breathed a sigh of relief following the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case, our community is once again facing another tragic and deadly encounter with law enforcement. Reminiscent of John Crawford and Tamir Rice, another young African-American life has been taken at the hands of Ohio law enforcement this week. Ma’Khia Bryant, a teenager, was fatally shot four times. Deadly force is repeatedly employed on black and brown bodies while de-escalation and restraint is the standard for Whites. This is unacceptable.

Grist: The NAACP wants its chapters to say no to fossil fuels
It would be hard to find a more widely revered civil rights organization than the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, which has campaigned for the “political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons” since its anti-lynching crusades more than a century ago. It’s little wonder, then, that major industrial interests take pains to portray themselves as allies of the group’s work.

USA Today: NAACP: 'No amount of justice will bring back Gianna's father'
Statements from organizations came in moments after the verdict was announced, including from the NAACP and the National Movement for Black Lives. "While justice has landed Derek Chauvin behind bars for murdering George Floyd, no amount of justice will bring back Gianna's father," said NAACP president Derrick Johnson.

CNN: NAACP: "The fight for police accountability and respect for Black lives is far from over"
The NAACP said that while "justice landed" Derek Chauvin in jail, "the fight for police accountability and respect for Black lives is far from over." Read a portion of their statement following the verdict.

MPR News: Police standards board calls for changes in response to protests
Angela Rose Myers, president of the Minneapolis NAACP, told the board she considers the recent law enforcement actions against protesters in Brooklyn Center unacceptable. "There should be no place for armed attacks and warring postures between law enforcement and the communities they serve, especially as the latter grieve and mourn the killings of Black and brown people," Myers said.

Fox 10: Local NAACP President for Mobile discusses Outcome of Chauvin Verdict
"We will not rest until all in our community have the right to breathe.” That was part of the statement released by the NAACP president after the guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin came down. We wanted to reach out to our local NAACP president to get his perspective on the climate of our country and the outcome of the trial.

CBS Miami: South Dade NAACP President Dwight Bullard Says Derek Chauvin Being Found Guilty ‘A Glimmer Of Hope’ But Fight Isn’t Over
While many are praising the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, many community leaders say this is just the beginning as there is a lot more work to be done to find equality for all. “You see a glimmer of hope that there is a real possibility for substantive change,” said Dwight Bullard. Bullard, a former state senator and now president of the South Dade NAACP, says while there is need to celebrate Chauvin’s guilty verdict, the fight is not over.

WAVY: Virginia Beach NAACP chapter says there’s more work to be done after guilty verdict in Chauvin trial
The verdict is in on the Derek Chauvin case, but the fight for racial equality and police reform continues — that’s what many are saying across the nation. The Virginia Beach NAACP says the verdict should not be celebrated, but seen as an example of change in the criminal justice system. “I’m not one to get overly excited about one court case. Of course, there has been many who have had interactions with law enforcement, and it has not played out as well within the justice system,” Virginia Beach NAACP President Dr. Karen Hills-Pruden said.

KPLC: Local leaders on Chauvin verdict and need for community policing
Lake Charles NAACP Chapter President Alvin Joseph says, although this verdict gives him some peace, he feels it’s only a catalyst for a lot of work needed to bridge the divide with law enforcement. ”It was kind of like a relief because to tell you the truth, I trust the system, but there’s still some doubt sometimes,” Joseph said. ”I’m thankful that it turned out the way it did, but we still have a long way to go.” As a former member of law enforcement, Joseph says the verdict is only the beginning of systemic and overall change.

Newsy: Protesters, NAACP Call For Release Of Video In Andrew Brown Jr. Death
In North Carolina protesters the local NAACP chapter and the family of Andrew Brown Jr. are putting pressure on authorities to release body camera footage.For the second day they marched in Elizabeth City demanding more answers. Brown was killed Wednesday when deputies were serving an arrest warrant for felony drug charges at his home.Witnesses say Brown was trying to drive away when he was shot and killed.

WDEL: Delaware NAACP Calling for US Attorney General to Investigate Lymond Moses Shooting
The Delaware branches of the NAACP have combined to send a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, asking his office to investigate several police-involved shootings in Delaware. Richard "Mouse" Smith, Delaware State NAACP President, said the slow reaction to the killing of Lymond Moses in Wilmington in January, along with at least three police-involved shootings in the past decade in the County after suspects allegedly drive in the general direction of officers that have not been prosecuted, led them to that point.

 

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Our nation, and most specifically the Black community, have rarely seen white male officers held accountable for killing Black people.  There remains apprehension, fear, and anger that no matter how indisputable the charges and the evidence, our fractured criminal justice system will falter.

Join us for a conversation on Thursday, April 29 at 8 PM ET, moderated by Ed Gordon, where activists, thought leaders, and policymakers will discuss the verdict, accountability, justice, reform, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and where we go from here.
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WAPT: NAACP president weighs in on traffic stops involving Black men
"You have a young man who's now dead, a mother grieving, a child without a father. That's a problem. We need to reform our police agencies. The training needs to be updated," Johnson said. During an interview on CNN, Johnson also weighed in on a 2020 Virginia police stop where United State Army 2nd Lt. Caron Nazario was pepper-sprayed during a traffic stop as well as subjected to derogatory slang. Johnson said, "An officer's badge should not be a shield to accountability. These officers must be held accountable. There is no justifiable reason for them to pepper spray him. There was no justifiable reason to order him out of the car."

NAACP: NAACP President's Statement on Reckless Killing of Daunte Wright
NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, released the following statement in response to the reckless killing of Daunte Wright: “Daunte Wright was shot and killed yesterday, just north of where George Floyd was suffocated less than a year ago. Both were fathers, both were Black men, both died at the hands of police. Whether it be carelessness and negligence, or a blatant modern-day lynching, the result is the same. Another Black man has died at the hands of police.”

USA Today: Derek Chauvin trial live: Defense to call at least one more witness after medical expert says George Floyd's cause of death 'undetermined'
After the defense rested its case, NAACP National President Derrick Johnson released a statement: "What we've all witnessed throughout the trial thus far confirmed what we saw in the video. Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd. As we turn to closing arguments on Monday, the nation waits on justice."

FOX Soul's Black Report: Minneapolis NAACP President Angela Rose Myers Discusses Action Plan
Minneapolis NAACP President Angela Rose Myers gives an update on the activism, action plan, and protests to tackle policing in Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center.

NBC 29: Va. NAACP calls for end to 'qualified immunity' following viral video of traffic-stop
The Virginia NAACP is demanding changes on a legislative level following a video of a viral traffic stop involving a U.S. Army Lieutenant who was threatened, pepper-sprayed and forced to the ground. In a federal lawsuit filed April 2 against two Windsor Police Department officers, it stated the officers drew their guns, pointed them at Lt. Caron Nazario and used a slang term to suggest he was facing execution during a traffic stop in December 2020. After several statements, one of the officers pepper-sprayed Nazario, who is Black and Latino.

NBC 10: NAACP pushes to eliminate qualified immunity while Lynchburg Police Department disagrees
Virginia’s NAACP state chapter is launching a campaign to end qualified immunity in the Commonwealth. Reginald Herndon, president of Campbell County’s chapter, backs the idea saying the incident between Windsor police and a U.S. army officer hurts the relationship between police and citizens. “We think this sets things back instead of forward,” said Herndon. He believes one way to rekindle that bond is to eliminate qualified immunity. “I think everyone needs to be held accountable, as well as being transparent. If we want to try and improve it, we have to be real with each other,” said Herndon.

Defender Network: NAACP pushes for end to qualified immunity after police pepper spray Army officer
The Virginia branch of the NAACP has had enough of police brutality and is taking action. “The fact that an officer who is supposed to ‘protect and serve’ felt embolden enough to state this is the root of the problem. This isn’t the first officer we have seen without fear of consequences for their actions,” said Robert N. Barnette Jr., president of the Virginia NAACP.

Patch: Army Officer Should Have Complied 'A Whole Lot Earlier': VA Chief
The local NAACP branch where an Army officer was pepper sprayed by police is calling for the immediate resignation of the police chief of Windsor, Virginia, after watching a news conference Wednesday where the police chief said the Army officer should have complied with police orders.

ABC 5: Community leaders working to combat vaccine hesitancy after J&J roll out paused
Community leaders are working to get more people like Arnold vaccinated, but the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause might make that process even harder. “I think anybody who would act like that's not going to have an impact is just not being honest with themselves,” Cleveland NAACP president Danielle Sydnor said. Sydnor said the NAACP has been doing outreach to folks in the Black community since the beginning of the pandemic, breaking down decades of medical mistrust to prepare them for the vaccine rollout.

MLive: Detroit NAACP says Michigan Senate GOP voting bills ‘place democracy on a ventilator’
Dr. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, led an April 13 rally alongside Mayor Mike Duggan and the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus to oppose voting measures introduced by the state Senate last month. Invoking images of the COVID-19 age, he said these bills would usher in a “political pandemic.” “They would place democracy on a ventilator,” he said to a crowd of about 100 on the Capitol steps. “They don’t provide greater access, but a grand scheme to suppress the rights of a select group of Michiganders.”

 

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A global pandemic, a historic election, and the long-overdue reckoning of a nation’s conscience – this was what the year 2020 had in store for Americans.

You’ve seen the year covered before, but never quite like this. We are proud to present: Twenty20 in Black, a visual time capsule of the Black experience through one of the most challenging years of our time.

 

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This remarkable collection of photos and essays chronicles the emotions we felt as a community while navigating through the most unique circumstances together. It’s the news, it’s the joy, it’s the pain we all experienced for 365 straight days.

The Black experience in 2020 will indefinitely be a part of our story. You made history last year, and now it’s time to hold on to that truth, forever.

 

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SIGN THE PETITION: UNIFORMED POLICE REFORM

An end to the horrors of police brutality and a criminal justice system that fails to properly hold law enforcement officials accountable is long overdue.


 

Billboard: 2021 NAACP Image Awards Best Moments
On Saturday (March 27), the NAACP Image Awards returned to our screens to honor Black excellence in media and culture. With appearances from President Biden, Vice President Harris and former first lady Michelle Obama, the night was full of heartfelt and memorable moments.

Huffington Post: Michelle Obama Celebrates 'Unstoppable' Stacey Abrams At 2021 NAACP Image Awards
Michelle Obama presented Stacey Abrams with the 2021 NAACP Image Awards’ first Social Justice Impact Award this weekend, calling the voting rights activist courageous and unstoppable. “Her courage ... it’s contagious, her approach is inclusive, and her eyes are fixed on the mountaintop that has always brought out the best within us,” Obama said. “And that’s why it’s my honor to present the inaugural NAACP Social Justice Impact Award to the unstoppable Stacey Abrams.”

Atlanta Black Star: 'I Look Forward to the Day When We No Longer Have to Teach People How to See Us': Viola Davis Speaks on Her Invisibility Outside of Black Awards Shows
When asked about her thoughts on the NAACP Image Awards celebrating Black actors in the ways they should be regarded in all other award shows she had much to say. “Well, what it says about the NAACP Image Awards is thank God for the NAACP Image Awards or else we would still stay in the cloak of invisibility,” Davis said.

Variety: Issa Rae NAACP Image Awards Backstage Interview
Issa Rae credits the Obama era for inspiring Hollywood to create content for Black audiences. "It was a rare time where Hollywood was in step with what Black culture wanted to see, what we have been demanding for years. Since then things have changed."

Cassius Life: Chadwick Boseman's Wife Accepts NAACP Award & Stresses Colon Cancer Screening
Earlier this month, Taylor Simone Ledward, widow of the late Chadwick Boseman, accepted her husband’s Golden Globes award for his acclaimed swan song in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. At the 2021 NAACP Image Awards this past Saturday, she was on hand to receive another trophy on Boseman’s behalf, the award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, and she shared what he would have said were he still with us in body.

Marie Claire: Beyoncé Breaks NAACP Image Awards Record
Beyoncé made history once again at the NAACP Image Awards, just weeks after breaking records at the Grammys. Beyoncé was the biggest winner in the music category, announced last week ahead of Saturday's televised ceremony. She took home four trophies, bringing her total to 22—and making her the overall most awarded winner in the history of the NAACP Image Awards. "Congratulations @Beyonce on winning the most #NAACPImageAwards in history!" NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson wrote on Twitter Saturday.

BNC: Beyoncé Dominates NAACP Image Awards; Eddie Murphy Inducted into Hall of Fame
Beyoncé took home four trophies, Eddie Murphy received the Hall of Fame award, and Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman earned outstanding actress and actor in a motion picture during the primetime telecast of the 52nd NAACP Image Awards.

NBC Boston: Eddie Murphy Inducted Into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame
After Murphy accepted his induction award Saturday night, the actor-comedian said he was “very moved” by the honor. He was presented the award by his longtime friend and “Coming 2 America” co-star Arsenio Hall. “I’ve been making movies for 40 years now ... 40 years. This is the perfect thing to commemorate that and be brought into the hall of fame," he said. “Thank you very much. I’m very moved.”

The Crisis Magazine: Image Awards Founder Awarded
At age 98, Toni Vaz is finally getting the recognition she deserves. Vaz received the Founders Award at a pre-taping of the 52nd NAACP Image Awards on March 24, which is a coincidence because Vaz is the founder of the Image Awards. “It’s about time,” said Vaz from the Motion Picture & Television Fund ‘s (MPTF) retirement community where she resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Woodland Hills, California.

Fox 2: Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony named Activist of the Year
Rev. Wendell Anthony was named Activist of the Year at the 52nd annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. Anthony is the president of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP, a position he has held for 27 years. He is also the pastor of Fellowship Chapel in Detroit.
 

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Georgia NAACP Challenges Georgia Voting Law

 

CBS News: Georgia NAACP and voting rights groups challenge sweeping Georgia voting law
The Georgia NAACP and voting rights organizations on Monday filed a lawsuit to block a sweeping new law in Georgia that imposes new restrictions on voting, the latest in a slew of legal battles expected to take aim at the measure.

Washington Post: North Carolina NAACP Sues to have Confederate Monument Removed
The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking the removal of a Confederate monument which stands in front of a county courthouse where protests have been staged for several years and which intensified last year after the death of George Floyd.

Fox 2: George Floyd friend, NAACP weigh in on Chauvin trial while rallying for Black votes
"A lot of people are trying to put George Floyd’s character on trial," said Brazoria County NAACP President Eugene Howard. "Mr. Floyd is entombed in Pearland in Brazoria County, so he can’t go on trial. Right now, the trial is about that officer that murdered George Floyd, honestly, when he knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds."

NAACP: Transgender Day of Visibility
“On this Transgender Day of Visibility, as a proud, Black Transgender woman and the Director of Annual Funds at the NAACP, I am hopeful for positive change where all Black lives are seen as inherently worthy.” - Dréya S. Thompson

NAACP: Fossil Fueled Foolery Report 2.0: An Illustrated Primer on the Fossil Fueled Industry’s Deceptive Tactics
On April 1, 2019, the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program (ECJP) released “Fossil Fueled Foolery: An Illustrated Primer on the Top 10 Manipulation Tactics of the Fossil Fuel Industry.” This April Fools’ Day, ECJP is releasing “Fossil Fueled Foolery 2.0: An Illustrated Primer on the Fossil Fueled Industry’s Deceptive Tactics.”

Reuters: Biden turns to NASCAR, NAACP to convince people to take vaccines
President Joe Biden is enlisting the help of groups as varied as NASCAR and the NAACP as part of a multi-billion dollar effort to convince Americans to take COVID-19 vaccines. Biden is trying to control a raging pandemic that has killed 550,000 Americans by obtaining enough vaccines for the country’s 330 million residents by May.

The Crisis Magazine: If Only Trust Was Enough
To be clear, trust won’t cover the price of prescription medicines or eliminate costly copays required for specialty services. Trust can’t bring vaccines to your neighborhood, conjure up competent clinicians or provide accessible primary care facilities. Trust isn’t even an accepted legal tender that folks can use to purchase health insurance coverage. In short, trust is neither necessary nor sufficient to procure medical care in the United States.

WHNC: Advocacy is the New Black: “Education is the Key to be Seen and Heard”
Her involvement with the NAACP has evolved over the semester, just as the organization’s presence has changed. Now, more minorities are involved on campus, and there’s more availability for minorities to learn about their culture. Even though the NAACP has been on campus for a while now, a lot of students are just now participating in the organization due to rebranding. Thach explains the benefits of being in this organization. “This year we are looking to rebrand and get bigger and stronger. The NAACP personally, is not only educating but advocating for minorities on campus and in the community,” Thach says.

WRCB TV: Back to school: How you can support students and teachers during the pandemic
In a recent CNN opinion article, Derrick Johnson, the president of the NAACP, and Geoffrey Starks, the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, argued that internet access is a modern necessity. "Full participation in 21st century society requires everyone to have a reliable broadband connection to access work, healthcare, education and government resources," they wrote.
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A global pandemic, a historic election, and the long-overdue reckoning of a nation’s conscience – this was what the year 2020 had in store for Americans.

You’ve seen the year covered before, but never quite like this. We are proud to present: Twenty20 in Black, a visual time capsule of the Black experience through one of the most challenging years of our time.

 

Twenty20 In Black - Purchase

 

Display images to show real-time content

 

This remarkable collection of photos and essays chronicles the emotions we felt as a community while navigating through the most unique circumstances together. It’s the news, it’s the joy, it’s the pain we all experienced for 365 straight days.

The Black experience in 2020 will indefinitely be a part of our story. You made history last year, and now it’s time to hold on to that truth, forever.

 

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SIGN THE PETITION: UNIFORMED POLICE REFORM

An end to the horrors of police brutality and a criminal justice system that fails to properly hold law enforcement officials accountable is long overdue.

 

Sign the Petition: Uniformed Police Reform

 

Join us in a call to:
  • End qualified immunity, which protects government officials from lawsuits seeking monetary damages
  • Collect data on police encounters that will provide transparency and safety for our communities
Sign the petition below to amplify the need for these critical reforms.

 

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NEW NAACP REPORT: FOSSIL FUELED FOOLERY 2.0

On April 1, 2019, the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program (ECJP) released “Fossil Fueled Foolery: An Illustrated Primer on the Top 10 Manipulation Tactics of the Fossil Fuel Industry.” This April Fools’ Day, ECJP is releasing “Fossil Fueled Foolery 2.0: An Illustrated Primer on the Fossil Fueled Industry’s Deceptive Tactics.

The NAACP’s inaugural edition of the Fossil Fueled Foolery primer, 2019, shed light on the deceptive tactics used by fossil fuel conglomerates and their supporters at the expense of communities most affected by their pollution. Communities already fraught with decades of disenfranchisement, disinvestment, and displacement are also subject to the worst effects of climate change and increased toxins in the environment.

 

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In just the past six months, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), low-income, and other frontline communities have experienced the disproportionate impacts of:

  • Record-breaking storms making landfall and reaching “hurricane” status in the U.S.
  • GOP representatives continuing to push skewed climate agendas that protect fossil fuels companies that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions
  • A massive snowstorm in Texas that left millions without water and power during below-freezing temperatures.


 52nd NAACP Image Awards

 

LA Times: The NAACP Image Awards have been celebrating Black art for years. Hollywood is just catching up
But even if performers of color continue to see gains in representation among the other awards shows, Kyle Bowser, senior vice president of the NAACP Hollywood bureau, says there will never be a substitute for Black art and artists being celebrated by their own community.

CBS: LeBron James To Receive NAACP President's Award – CBS Los Angeles
Lakers superstar LeBron James is being awarded the NAACP President’s Award, the organization announced Thursday.Over the past year, the 36-year-old James has been especially outspoken and active on a variety of issues, including police brutality and voting advocacy.

Ebony: The 52nd NAACP Image Awards Are Bringing #BlackExcellence With Virtual Touch
Black people NEED to celebrate. After the year we’ve had as a community, any opportunity to highlight Black achievement is a blessing we deserve. The NAACP is keeping that same energy and not letting up on the #BlackExcellence with their announcement of a full week-long virtual experience. Kicking off March 22nd through March 27th, the entire virtual celebration will conclude with the legendary 52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards.

Black America Web: Stephen Curry & The WNBPA To Receive Jackie Robinson Sports Awards At 52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards
In a historical first, the NAACP announced that it will be awarding two recipients, NBA superstar Stephen Curry and The Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), with the Jackie Robinson Sports Awards. Additionally, Misty Copeland will be honored with the prestigious Spingarn Medal in addition to Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony who will receive the Activist of the Year award and Madison Potts who will receive the Youth Activist of the Year award.

Essence: New Georgia Voter Suppression Law Being Compared to ‘Jim Crow’ Era
Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, called Cannon’s arrest “a gross misuse and abuse of power.” “Georgia’s highest elected official exploiting his authority to suppress a sitting representative and the voters places the state down a dangerous path,” he said. The NAACP leader termed the new bill “reminiscent of the Jim Crow era.”

Rolling Out: Beyoncé wins big at 2021 NAACP Image Awards
Beyonce was the big music winner at the 2021 NAACP Image Awards. he “Crazy in Love” hitmaker scooped four top prizes at the awards ceremony on Thursday night, March 25, 2021, which is held over several days and concludes Friday night.

Dancehall Mag: Koffee Wins Big At 2021 NAACP Image Awards – DancehallMag
Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall sensation Koffee was a big winner during night four of the NAACP Image Awards. The Spanish Town native came out on top in the Outstanding International Song category at the awards on Thursday night, March 25, for her 2020 summer hit Lockdown, which was produced by Dane Ray.

NBC News: Tired of political text messages? A new 'score' might mean fewer
Last year, when the coronavirus pandemic made other forms of organizing difficult, the NAACP used texting software to encourage 12 million people to vote and many others to fill out their census forms. “This type of program allows for someone behind a curtain to make arbitrary decisions,” said Jamal Watkins, the NAACP’s senior vice president for strategy and advancement.

Tallahassee.com: Florida: Let’s be historically correct about our Emancipation Day | Opinion
If SB 490 is to be enacted, it must be corrected to reflect the true history our state. Its Black communities have celebrated May 20 as Emancipation Day in Florida, and those celebrations have been documented for years. That history should not be erased, creating a fake history and absorbing the tradition of another region. To truly celebrate Florida Black history, celebrate real Florida history.

Press of Atlantic City: NAACP to host vigil in support of Asian community in Atlantic City
Nearly 100 people gathered at O'Donnell Memorial Park on Thursday night for a vigil in support of the city's Asian community. The event was a collaboration between local organizations, religious leaders, elected officials and community members to take a stand against Asian hate crimes. Six women of Asian descent were among eight people killed in shootings last week in Georgia.

Black Enterprise: Formerly Incarcerated Mom Wins $10,000 Grant From Beyoncé For Children's Underwear Line
BeyGood partnered with the NAACP to help business owners like Yolanda Perkins. She’s one of the fortunate business owners who received one of the grants. Undies by BlendiTone celebrates diversity by offering characters who may be relatable to youth who would like to wear undergarments who look more like them.

Lehigh Valley: NAACP efforts to dispel COVID vaccine skepticism in Lehigh Valley’s Black community
On Wednesday evening, the Allentown chapter of the NAACP held an informational Zoom conversation to help ease skepticism surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. Medical professionals and community leaders from the Lehigh Valley and elsewhere sat on a panel to discuss the facts and benefits to the multiple COVID-19 vaccines available.

New York Beacon: 5 Things You Should Know About Pioneering Journalist And NAACP Co-Founder Ida B. Wells
Thursday marks the 90th anniversary of the death of pioneering journalist and activist Ida B. Wells, one of the most famous and influential Black leaders of the late 19th and early 20th century. During her long career, Wells was instrumental in the fight against lynching, co-founded the NAACP and played an important role in the women’s suffrage movement. Though many of her contributions were washed out of history, her legacy has been revived and acknowledgment of her contributions continues to grow. Here are five things to know about the legendary journalist.


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