The Great Equalizer

The act of casting a ballot that gets counted on Election Day is the nation’s great equalizer. For the NAACP in particular, unfettered access to the ballot box and the transformative potential of the franchise is inextricable from who we are and every bit what we must leave for future generations.

Why the NAACP Image Awards Matter for Economic Justice

Recently, I attended the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California. The Image Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice. You may be wondering why I, the Program Specialist for the Economic Department, attended the Image Awards, but the connection between media representations of black Americans and the black experience is closer linked to economic justice than you might realize.

The Responsibility of Our Greatness

Dimmed lights, an open bar and sophisticated seating areas with sheer drapes surround me as I stand on a dance floor in an elite night club. I am here to be honored for my work in HIV. Before me stand a host of beautiful young black people, gathered to acknowledge World AIDS Day and the impact of HIV in our community

George Lucas Receives the NAACP Vanguard Award

Academy Award-winning director, filmmaker, and executive producer George Lucas was honored with the prestigious NAACP Vanguard Award.

Sanaa Latham and Anthony Mackie Host the 43rd NAACP Image Awards

An all-star line-up is set for the 43rd NAACP Image Awards.

8th Annual NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium

The NAACP Hollywood Bureau hosted the 8th Annual NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium, entitled "Film Financing in Black and White."

NAACP Economic Department Attends Slavery by Another Name Film Screening

Last week, the NAACP’s Economic Department were invited guests at the screening of PBS’s latest documentary, Slavery by Another Name, at the historic Ford’s theater in Washington, DC as a part of the inauguration celebration for the new Ford’s Theater Center for Education and Leadership.

Black Unemployment Rate Declines in January 2012

The unemployment rate for Blacks was 13.6% last month. This is according to the latest report on the nation’s employment situation released Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in its monthly Employment Situation report. This rate was a sharp decrease from December, when unemployment in the Black community stood at 15.8%

January 2012 Edition of The Angle: Our Twist on Economic Justice Issues

The Angle is a monthly publication that provides an overview of the National Economic Department’s work around key Economic Justice issues. It is unique in that it captures the Economic Department’s most up-to-date information in a fun and colorful way! Go to the resources section of the NAACP Economics Programs Department's webpage ( to view the January 15th Edition!

NAACP Supports White House Initiative to Increase Summer Jobs for Youth

Earlier this month, Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Director of Economic Programs, along with Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of NAACP and Hilary Shelton, V.P. of Policy and Advocacy, participated in an all day summit on youth jobs at the White House.

Rekindling the Fire

Dr. King once said that voting is the foundation stone for political action. In this election year, it is more critical than ever that the work of African American & Latino communities begins with that foundation – our right to vote

The Lives of Young Black Gay Men Matter

When new [HIV] infections in young Black gay men increase by nearly 50 percent in 3 years we need to do more to show them that their lives matter." -President Barack Obama, December 1, 2011

NAACP Economics Department partners with Bank of America to present “Train the Trainer” Series

The Economic Department is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Bank of America to host a “Train the Trainer” series starting on January 17, 2012 and ending on February 16, 2012.

Prevent Insanity and Stop Being Stupid – Change What You Do

I have been a part of the fight to end AIDS for over 27 years, and in the words of the NAACP, “Much has changed, much has not!” Our people still act as if the AIDS epidemic belongs to someone else.

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