Blog — Economic Opportunity

An #EconChat with NAACP’s Dedrick Muhammad

Last month, we polled on Facebook and Twitter to see which NAACP program you'd like to see featured in our next Twitterview. In a close race, the Economic Programs Department emerged as the favorite. We sat down yesterday with NAACP Senior Director for Economic Programs Dedrick Muhammad to discuss the NAACP's new Financial Freedom Center, the impetus for the revamped Economic Programs department, and the NAACP's ongoing effort to ensure economic equity.

Public Service Leadership Summit

The National Urban Fellows (NUF), held a Public Service Leadership Diversity Summit in Atlanta to inspire excellence and diversity in public service leadership with a dual emphasis on individuals and systems. Over 125 organizations (government, nonprofit) have partnered with the NUF to advance this movement. Some of the panelist included: Ambassador Andrew Young, Senator Jason Carter, Xernona Clayton, President & CEO Trumpet Awards Foundation, Jeff Johnson, MSNBC, Rosa Alicia Clemente, Community Organizer & Hip Hop Activist, John Esterle, Executive Director and board trustee of the Whitman Institute and Veronica Villalobos, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

The Economic Status of Black Women in America

African American women continue to face significant barriers due to gender discrimination in the labor market leading to major income disparities and chronically high unemployment, coupled with few limited opportunities for asset building and wealth generation.

NAACP Units: Grants Available for Financial Freedom Campaign Satellite Program

Approved units will receive a micro-grant to facilitate the organization of our education series

Civil Rights Community Gathers at the LCCHR Dinner

This year, the honorees included Richard Trumka, Shirley Sherrod, and Joe Solmonese.

Homeownership Should Not Become Impossible Dream

Homeownership has long enjoyed broad bipartisan support, but different families and communities have experienced homeownership differently. The lingering subprime and foreclosure crisis has brought this truth into stark relief: otherwise-qualified borrowers were steered into subprime loans.

At The Color of Wealth Policy Summit

The 2011 Color of Wealth Policy Summit focused on the recession generation, the racial wealth gap restoring American prosperity.

Oil Spill Claims Help in the Gulf

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.

NAACP Launches Financial Freedom Center in Washington DC

New initiative to influence change in the banking industry, prevent unfair mortgage lending practices, and promote sustainable homeownership in historically disadvantaged communities.

NAACP at the Invisible Woman Conference

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.

VIDEO: Benjamin Todd Jealous Talks Labor Rights and Civil Rights on MSNBC

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous made an appearance on MSNBC's The Ed Show on Tuesday, March 23rd. Earlier in the week, Fox News commentator Glenn Beck mocked the idea that Dr. Martin Luther King may have been in Memphis for a labor battle when he was assassinated. Jealous set the record straight on King's history and explained why labor rights and civil rights remain inseparable. Watch the Video

Creating Protections to Secure Your Financial Future

The housing crisis of the 21st century devastated communities across the United States and the foreclosure rate skyrocketed to alarming numbers. Americans throughout the country either experienced the economic downtown indirectly or directly, but the African American community fared worse than any other racial group and are facing great challenges in regaining economic security even as the economy and labor market begins to recover.

Wisconsin NAACP Marches to Oppose “Budget Repair Bill”

NAACP Units from across Wisconsin marched to the State Capitol Feb. 26, 2011 to participate in a rally in solidarity with Wisconsin’s public employees and support the rights of all employees to collectively bargain.

The Little-known History of Labor Rights & Civil Rights

A few weeks ago I attended the United Auto Workers Region 9A 18th Annual Civil Rights Award Recognition dinner in Hartford, Connecticut.

After the State of the Union, Time to Get to Work

Tonight, as I sat in the audience while President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address, I listened intently. But I also watched — and what I saw was just as powerful as everything that I heard.

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