Julian Bond, former NAACP chairman and activist, dies at 75

ATLANTA (AP) — Julian Bond’s life traced the arc of the civil rights movement, from his efforts as a militant young man to start a student protest group all the way to the top leadership post at the NAACP. Year after year, the calm, telegenic Bond was one of the nation’s most poetic voices for […]

JAMES CLINGMAN: NAACP’s Voting Suppression Problem

OPINION – While recalling those commercials, featuring Andre Agassi (pro tennis player) saying, “Image is everything” and Billy Crystal’s “Saturday Night Live” character, Fernando, who always said, “You look marvelous! It is better to look good than to feel good,” I also thought of the NAACP Image Awards and the fact that the NAACP’s image […]

NAACP: Equal Opportunity in the US Remains an Unrealized Goal

BALTIMORE – The NAACP has released findings from its Opportunities & Diversity Report Card: Consumer Banking Industry.  Details in the report highlight key areas where the banking industry can improve to ensure their workforce, leadership and suppliers adequately reflect the demographics of the United States. Read the report here. “Equal opportunity for people of color in […]

Jealous to Step Down as NAACP President This Year

NEW YORK – As the world has discovered, Benjamin Todd Jealous is a man of his word, and his word is his bond. Five years ago when he became the youngest president and CEO of the NAACP, he promised to take the association to a new level of achievements. He also promised his family that […]

About 140 arrested in NC during NAACP protest

RALEIGH — About 140 people have been arrested during the latest weekly demonstration led by the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP against the state’s Republican-led General Assembly. Police estimate that roughly 1,000 people attended a rally late Monday afternoon behind the Legislative Building. Hundreds later entered the building, with those intending to get arrested […]

NAACP Calls Soda Ban An Attack on Minority Owned Businesses

NEW YORK – As the controversy over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large-sized sugary drinks continues, the New York NAACP has joined in the chorus against the ban and is backing a lawsuit saying that it’s an unfair attack on small, minority-owned businesses. Speaking on behalf of the chapter of the national civil rights organization, […]

CA NAACP Hosts Tribute to “The Godfather of African American Politics”

SACRAMENTO – They’ll gather together in his name. The California NAACP hosts a tribute to Mervyn Dymally, the “Godfather of African American politics” in California on Monday, February 4. Dymally, who died on October 7, had a career of firsts. He took office in 1963 as one of the state’s first Black members of the […]

BENJAMIN JEALOUS: The Emancipation Proclamation and Our Collective History

OPINION – The Emancipation Proclamation, which set our nation on the path to the end of slavery, was signed 150 years ago this month. This year we should resolve to teach our children the story of our collective history. The past century and a half offers countless tales of bravery and sacrifice to inspire the […]

Sacramento NAACP Urges End-Of-Year Support For Programs

SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Branch NAACP is asking for support to keep providing much-needed services and programs to the community. Local president Tyrone Netters says the non-profit organization is as relevant as ever and points to its power to make things happen. “The national and local NAACP chapters played a vital role in this year’s […]

NAACP Releases Report Card for The Hotel & Lodging Industry Noting “Room for Improvement”

ATLANTA – Last week, the NAACP released the findings from its “Opportunities & Diversity Report Card: Hotel & Lodging Industry”. Marriott International received an overall B grade – the highest rating out of all the hotels – with the remaining hotels scoring either a C+ or C. Details in the report suggests that corporate leaders in the […]