First Lady Michelle Obama to Address NAACP 101st Convention in Kansas City

First Lady Michelle Obama will address the NAACP's 101st Annual Convention on Monday, July 12, 2010 to discuss steps to combat childhood obesity and her efforts to create a healthier generation of kids through the Let's Move! campaign.


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Troy Davis Gets His Day in Court

After 19 years, death row inmate Troy Davis finally had the opportunity to air his defense in a court of law on Wednesday, June 23rd.

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NAACP Files Legal Challenge To Arizona Racial Profiling Law

The NAACP and other civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit challenging Arizona's new law requiring police to demand "papers" from people they stop who they suspect are not authorized to be in the U.S.

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NAACP President Challenges Rand Paul to a Debate on the Civil Rights Act

Republican Senate Candidate Rand Paul made headlines for his opposition to aspects of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. On the May 20 edition of the Rachel Maddow Show, NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous has challenged him to a debate.

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Stepping Out on Faith: My Blogging While Brown Experience


At the Blogging While Brown Conference, I was in the presence of 200 men and women of varying shades, backgrounds and interests, all of whom recognize the power of their voice and possess the vision to make sure it is heard. In that sense, the common thread between these individuals runs much deeper than their self-identity as bloggers of color. They comprise a network, a community - and a powerful one at that.  

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New Report Outlines Fair Lending Principles

To encourage transparency and fairness in home loans, the NAACP has developed nine principles of fairness in banking and lending. Countering Discrimination in Mortgage Lending in America: An NAACP Guide for Fair Lending details our fair lending principles and how they will help protect borrowers.

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Lena Horne, Singer, Actress and Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 92

"We mourn the passing of Lena Horne, an outstanding, groundbreaking entertainer and a staunch civil rights activist who stood on the side of justice and equality,"


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Benjamin Todd Jealous Guest Hosts Bev Smith Show

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous guest hosted Bev Smith's popular radio broadcast on Wednesday, May 5th. The show featured Congressman Barbara Lee and the newly-elected Mayor of Columbia, SC Steve Benjamin. Listen to the broadcast, after the jump.

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Steve Benjamin Elected First African American Mayor of Columbia, SC

The NAACP congratulates Steve Benjamin, the newly elected and first African American mayor of Columbia, South Carolina.  Read More »

NAACP Saddened by Loss of Civil Rights Giant Dr. Dorothy Height

The NAACP family is saddened by the passing of Dr. Dorothy Height, civil rights pioneer, social justice advocate and long time friend of the NAACP. "Dr. Dorothy I. Height was the beloved matriarch of the civil rights movement," stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. "The nation has lost a stalwart champion for civil rights and gender equality. Read More »

NAACP Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Giant and Executive Director Dr. Benjamin Hooks

The NAACP family is deeply saddened by the passing of Executive Director and CEO Emeritus Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks. Read More »

NAACP Launches “Clear the Air” Road Trip

NAACP Climate Justice Initiative director Jacqui Patterson has just returned from a Clear the Air Road Trip, visiting the communities most affected by climate change. She has video blogged their stories day-by-day on the Climate Justice Initiative blog. Read More »

NAACP Names Cicely Tyson 95th Spingarn Medalist

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People National Board of Directors announced that actress Cicely Tyson will be honored with the Association's Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest honor. Tyson will become the 95th recipient of the award, and will be honored during the NAACP National Convention in Kansas City July 15 at the annual Spingarn Dinner.

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NAACP Joins Tom Joyner Census Bus Tour

The NAACP’s Yes We Count Campaign has teamed up with the Tom Joyner Morning Show for a 14-city tour to encourage African American families to participate in the 2010 Census. Read More »

NAACP Elects Roslyn M. Brock Chairman Board Of Directors

The NAACP named Roslyn Brock as Chair of the Board of Directors at its Annual Board Meeting on February 20 at the New York Hilton. Brock, 44, became the youngest woman to serve as Chair of the NAACP’s Board of Directors. Read More »

NAACP Launches Interactive Historical Timeline

The NAACP is proud to unveil our new Interactive Historical Timeline, which provides a dynamic multimedia experience, highlighting key events of the organization’s history and our role in the civil rights movement. Read More »

NAACP Launches Census Participation Program

Join us on the NAACP’s Yes We Count Census web page, where you can get involved, take our online pledge and sign up for our Census mobile network. Read More »

NAACP Releases Civil Rights Federal Legislative Scorecard

The NAACP has graded the U.S. Congress on the “bread and butter” civil rights agenda since 1914. On Wednesday, February 3 we released our annual Congressional Legislative Report Card, an evaluation of the voting records of Congressional members on NAACP agenda issues.  Read More »

Do You Know an Unsung Hero of Black History?

The world-changing advances made by African Americans in the past century were neither pre-ordained nor inevitable. They are the product of thousands of individuals who changed the world with small decisions every day. Maybe your mother marched, or your uncle sat in at a lunch counter. Perhaps your neighbor is pioneering a field of study, or your brother volunteers with at-risk youth. Read More »

NAACP Leads Martin Luther King Day Rally at South Carolina Capitol

Thousands gathered Monday, January 18 at the State House in Columbia, South Carolina, to commemorate the Martin Luther King holiday. “King Day at the Dome,” an event hosted each year by the South Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, began in 2000 to protest the Confederate flag that still flies flies in front of the State House dome. With Video Read More »

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