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NAACP Announces Partnership with When We All Vote, National Bar Association, National Action Network, and National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations

October 19, 2018

BALTIMORE (October 19, 2018) – During its board meeting in Baltimore, MD, Leon W. Russell, NAACP Chairman, National Board of Directors, announced a partnership with former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama’s organization, When We All Vote.


“Now more than ever, there needs to be a concerted effort to turn out the Black vote on November 6,” said Leon W. Russell, NAACP Chairman, National Board of Directors. “We are very excited for what this partnership means for the African American community. Together, we can rally our people to Vote! Our lives depend on it.”

“When We All Vote is proud to partner with the NAACP to make sure every eligible American participates in each and every election,” said Kyle Lierman, CEO of When We All Vote.

The partnership is part of NAACP’s civic engagement campaign to mobilize low and moderate propensity African American voters for the 2018 midterm elections and beyond.

The meeting marked a land-breaking moment as NAACP solidified partnerships with several historic pillars of social justice in the African American community: The National Action Network, the National Bar Association, and organizations within the National Pan-Hellenic Council including, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

As the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the country, NAACP has long been friendly with these organizations and on October 19, 2018, it celebrated a joyous moment as it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with each of the organizations.

“The partnership announcements and MOU signings today are a testament to NAACP’s return to our activist roots,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “Social justice is not a competition, and as the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, we have a duty to bring together all the different groups and organizations that have played a crucial role in uplifting the Black community.”

In attendance to represent their various organizations were:

Deborah Catchings-Smith

International Grand Basileus

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated


Thomas L. Battles, Jr.

Grand Polemarch

Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Incorporated


Gayle Lyke

Maryland State Director

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated


Daryl A. Anderson, Sr.

International Executive Director

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated


Deborah Wilder

Member, National Social Action Committee

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated


Joseph Drayton, Esq.


National Bar Association


Ebonie Riley

D.C. Bureau Chief

National Action Network