NAACP Hosts Second Civil Rights School at Howard University

The NAACP will host “Artists and Activists” -- Birth of a Nation and the Harlem Renaissance to The Cosby Show and Hot Ghetto Mess, a town hall meeting, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Friday, Nov. 9 at the university’s Blackburn Center starting at 7:30 p.m. The town hall meeting is part of the NAACP’s second Civil Rights School (CRS) being held to support and launch the NAACP centennial celebration. A special free screening of the movie adaptation of “A Raisin in the Sun” starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan and John Stamos will also be part of the event.

“The town hall meeting will be a unique opportunity for attendees to spend an evening examining the cultural impact of entertainment and the arts on our world,” said NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman Julian Bond, who will be in attendance as a panelist. Other panelists include rap mogul Master P, former NAACP General Counsel Judge Nathanial Jones and Professor Emeritus Thomas Cripps.

Sponsored in large part by Starbucks, the CRS will be held for two days and bring together renowned historians, scholars and social scientists to discuss the NAACP past, present and future. The Howard CRS session will focus on the Roy Wilkens years and student movement period of the NAACP’s history.  “As the NAACP prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, it is important that we look back and celebrate how far we’ve come yet not lose sight of where we need to go,” Bond added.

The NAACP Civil Rights Schools are part of a Starbucks multi-year commitment to collaborate with the NAACP on community initiatives. “Starbucks alliance with the NAACP to support the Civil Rights Schools reflects both our organizations’ on-going commitment to social and economic equality,” said Jim Donald, Starbucks president and chief executive officer.  “We are pleased to work with the NAACP on bringing its rich and important history to life for university students and communities around the country.”
The NAACP Civil Rights Schools will insure the intellectual integrity of the NAACP centennial media projects. The projects include a documentary and a major mini-series, which will be broadcast in 2009 as part of the NAACP’s centennial celebration. The NAACP will hold the remaining civil rights schools at Harvard University and New York University. Additional supporters of the NAACP Civil Rights Schools include the Game Show Network, ABC, CBS and FOX.

The “A Raisin in the Sun” screening will take place Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited and attendees must RSVP via e-mail at:

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.  Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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