In February 2011 I began a project asking 200 Black men “What comes to mind when you think about HIV and AIDS?” Ages 18 to 60, participants hailed from L.A., Baltimore, DC, Oakland, Detroit, Atlanta, New York, Miami and Chicago. None worked in the health field or HIV industry. Responses to the question varied, but not by much. A typical reply was “I think of homosexuality,” said one 30ish gentleman, waiting at Atlanta's Hartsfield airport for a flight to Dallas. “That’s mostly who has it. Right? That’s what I heard.” I then asked, “If that were true what would you do about it?” Suddenly, he was speechless. Conspicuously, I anticipated his reply. “What can I do about that?” he finally said. I asked, “Is that a real question, because you care, or was it rhetorical?” Appearing to second guess himself, he responded, “Man, I gotta catch my flight. It was cool talking with you. Peace.”
As we enter into our thirtieth year of the HIV/AIDS pandemic here in America, I’m still hearing many researchers, men who have sex with men (MSM), HIV activists, the infected and the affected asking the same question; “Where are the heterosexual (non-MSM) Black men, and why aren’t they doing more to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the Black community?”
The NAACP hosted the first of a series of Civil War teach-ins in Charleston, South Carolina this week to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the War's beginning.
The 2011 Color of Wealth Policy Summit focused on the recession generation, the racial wealth gap restoring American prosperity.
When a recording artist releases a great song or album, it will not be widely heard until the tune is played by our nation's DJs. DJs are responsible for getting music to the public, getting the crowd hyped at a party and promoting the work of recording artists. Without DJs, good music would be like a tree falling in the forest -- it really wouldn't matter if it made a sound. But I'm not writing to talk about what the music industry needs to do. I'm writing about what those of us who are working to ensure that our children live in a socially just, compassionate and equitable society need to do. We need to be DJs, mixmasters spinning the words of justice into a movement that creates the kind of world that will truly be livable for all Americans.
The NAACP will hold a series of Gulf Financial Counseling Fairs this week in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida to assist people with claims related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Victims, advocates, experts and law enforcement and government officials came before a panel of NAACP local, state and national officials last week to talk about police accountability, each from their own perspective and experience, addressing challenges and possible solutions.
NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous was joined by former Education Secretary Rod Paige, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, Corrections USA's Mike Jimenez and many others at the National Press club to launch our new report "Misplaced Priorities." Watch the video.
The conservative former Speaker of the House sends a letter of support for the NAACP's prison reform efforts.
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous went on MSNBC Thursday morning to discuss the 'Misplaced Priorities' report. Watch the video.
On Monday, April 4th, NAACP units across the country rallied to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch a slideshow of some of the inspiring moments.
Many of us go through life believing America's age of martyrs ended when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The reality, as the shooting massacre that killed U.S. District Judge John Roll and injured Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords reminded us, is there is a reason we still take the threat of politically motivated violence seriously. The pace may have slowed, but assassinations still happen in America.
New initiative to influence change in the banking industry, prevent unfair mortgage lending practices, and promote sustainable homeownership in historically disadvantaged communities.
Twenty-five years after the publication of “Slipping Through the Cracks,” a precursory search of the literature suggests that little research has been done examining the socio-economic status of black women.
The Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP joined family members of Frederick Jermaine Carter in Jackson on Thursday for a press conference demanding a federal investigation into the death of the 26 year-old.