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By Freddie Allen
NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Five years ago, Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, made two promises.
The first was to the NAACP to help the organization get to the next level, revitalizing the mission and the relevancy of the storied civil rights group for the 21st century and old and new battles ahead. The second promise was to his then 3-year-old daughter that he would return to being a full-time daddy in five years. He says now is …
By Cash Michaels
Special to the NNPA from the Wilmington Journal
Now that the 2012 presidential elections are history, supporters for the Wilmington Ten pardons of innocence effort are increasing their efforts to build more overwhelming public support for the cause before NC Gov. Beverly Perdue leaves office on Dec. 31st.
Sources say there is opposition to the proposed pardons, primarily from former law enforcement and state officials who still believe – despite no evidence proving that the Wilmington Ten had anything to do with the 1971 firebombing of a White-owned grocery store, …
By Ben Wrobel
The NAACP took a principled stand against voter suppression at their 103rd Annual Convention last week in Houston, Texas. The theme “Your Power, Your Decision – VOTE” was on full display as delegates heard from Vice President Biden and Governor Mitt Romney and learned about attacks on the right to vote in states across the country. An estimated 8,000 NAACP delegates, members and supporters traveled from around the country to represent their local units and set the NAACP’s policy agenda for the coming year.
NAACP president and CEO Benjamin …
Compiled by Courier Staff
This week Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed the 103rd NAACP Annual Convention in Houston, TX. The speech took place during a plenary session on civic engagement that later featured a panel of experts speaking about voting rights and voter suppression.
“We are pleased that Governor Romney addressed our convention today,” stated NAACP chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “This morning Governor Romney laid out his policy agenda for this nation. Unfortunately, much of his agenda is at odds with what the NAACP stands for – whether the issue is …
By Caryn Freeman
Special to the NNPA
This year’s Black Press Week held in Washington, DC culminated with the award ceremony honoring Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, who received an award for community service and founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Eldelmen who received a lifetime achievement award for her leadership as the nation’s biggest advocate for of undeserved and underprivileged children.
Ben Jealous got his start in journalism at the Jackson Advocate in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the youngest person to hold the position of President …
By Benjamin Todd Jealous
President & CEO, NAACP
This year, on the day our nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I proudly stood alongside NAACP State Conference presidents on the steps of the capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina for the annual King Day at the Dome March and Rally.
The event has grown into a massive commemoration over the years, but this year it took on a new significance as Attorney General Eric Holder joined the commemoration, honoring Dr. King and pledging to carry forward his mission in the years …
Compiled by Courier Staff
Despite years of stays, appeals, protests and even a last minute apparent review of the case by the U.S. Supreme Court, the State of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis on Wednesday evening. The official time of death was 11:08 pm eastern time.
Davis refused a last meal, spent most of his last day with family and friends. In the past, his tremendous faith has been rewarded. The last time Troy faced execution, in 2008, the warden brought in what was to be his last meal. But Troy refused …
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This week, the NAACP announced that president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous will speak at the National Action Network’s (NAN) The Emancipator (Abraham Lincoln) To the Liberator (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) Official Rally & March on Saturday, August 27th 2011, in Washington, DC.
“This is an historic moment in civil rights and American history,” stated President Jealous. “I look forward to honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King on the eve of the unveiling of his national memorial.”
The rally, scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm on the National Mall, …
By Marc H. Morial
President and CEO of the National Urban League
“It is clear that the unemployment numbers throughout the country require effective legislation and tangible action to address the crisis. To address the unemployment crisis and the need for job creation solutions in underserved communities, the CBC has called upon the private and public sectors to immediately remedy the crisis by going into communities with legitimate, immediate employment opportunities for the underserved.”
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II
This past week, NAACP President Ben Jealous and I forcefully entered the debt …
Black Publishers and National Leaders unite behind NNPA Chairman Bakewell to hold Toyota accountable
By Jasmyne A. Cannick,
NNPA Nat’l Correspondent
WASHINGTON D.C. – Toyota Motor Sales USA executives have angered National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Chairman Danny Bakewell Sr. and America’s preeminent Black newspaper publishers after the troubled carmaker backed out of a multi-million dollar advertising campaign targeting Black consumers.
In a letter to Mr. Bakewell and the NNPA, Toyota executives said that Black consumers of Toyota products receive their advertising message from a number of media channels which include mainstream media …