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Each year for National Black AIDS Day, we remember those who lost their battle with one of the worst diseases of our time. Since the virus emerged 32 years ago, we have fought a disease that sees no gender, color, socio-economic status or sexual orientation biases. We are ALL affected, ALL impacted and we are ALL potentially susceptible.
During Black History Month, the NAACP will be honoring African American leaders and pioneers from the past—as well as “unsung heroes.” Today we recognize an NAACP treasure and “unsung hero”—Mrs. Mildred Roxborough, the longest standing member and a former field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She is a wealth of organizational knowledge because of her life’s work with the NAACP and she is an invaluable historian for the NAACP in her willingness to share stories of the past.
Today would have been civil rights activist Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday. To commemorate the date, the United States Postal Service has issued a stamp in her honor.
Rosa Parks was a catalyst in the Birmingham Bus Boycott and also led the investigation of the assault of Recy Taylor, a young sharecropper who was attacked by a group of white men in Abbeville, Alabama.
Today we remember her legacy and her role in achieving equality for all people.
For more black history month facts, text HISTORY to 62227 to receive black history facts, quotes, and trivia questions throughout the month of February.
Happening January 25, 2013
American Bank Center
Guest Speaker: Dr. Cherry Ross Gooden
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Kerry Washington has been named the recipient of the NAACP President’s Award at the 44th Annual Image Awards. Chosen by NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous, the President’s Award is given each year in recognition of special achievement and exceptional public service. Van Jones, President Bill Clinton, and Ruby Dee are all past honorees.
President Jealous gave some remarks in celebration of Kerry Washington receiving this Award:
For the first time in 40 years, we have a black woman playing the leading role in a primetime drama on network television. Kerry Washington is a modern trailblazer. Her talent and will have taken her to heights we have not seen in years. She extends the tradition of women like Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson, and Lena Horne. Rather than seeing her professional success as cause for political silence, she has chosen to use it as a platform for social change. Her championing of the rights of women around the world, and her early work to campaign for President Barack Obama are examples of her willingness to be a politically active and risk-taking woman in real life even as she plays one on TV.
Kerry Washington has gained growing success in her acting career, most recently with her roles in Django Unchained and ABC’s Scandal. Her involvement with President Obama’s re-election campaign has made her not only a power player in Hollywood but also a social and political activist within the community.
Washington is an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, and serves on the board of Voices of a People’s History, a non-profit arts and education group. She also sits on the Artist’s Committee for the largest national advocacy association for the arts, Americans For The Arts. In 2008, Washington received several accolades including the Women’s Project Women of Achievement Award, the GWU Alumni Association’s Recent Alumni Achievement Award, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Award, for Washington’s commitment to social advocacy. In 2009, Washington received the US Conference of Mayors Artist-Citizen Award for public leadership in the arts. That year she was also named a member of President Obama’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, headed by First Lady Michelle Obama.
The 44th Annual Image Awards will air on Friday, February 1st at 8pm Eastern Time on NBC.
The NAACP will bestow the Chairman’s Award during the 44th NAACP Image Awards to US Navy Vice Admiral Michelle Howard—the first African American woman to achieve three star rank in the military and first to command a US Navy ship. She was the first woman graduate of the US Naval Academy to be selected for Admiral. Currently she serves as Deputy Commander United States Fleet Forces Command and Director Combined Joint Operations From the Sea Centre of Excellence.
The Vice Admiral had this to say about her NAACP honor:
I am sincerely touched and honored that the NAACP would choose to recognize me with the Chairman’s Award. I have been privileged to serve with our nation’s sons and daughters who remain my greatest inspiration. NAACP Image Awards remind us that even when we can’t find role models who look like us, television and the movies allow us to dream and believe that anything is possible.
The prestigious Chairman’s Award has been given to the crème de la crème of presidents, entertainers and public servants—past awardees include then-Senator Barack Obama, former Vice President Al Gore and entertainer/activists Aretha Franklin, Bono, Tyler Perry and Danny Glover. NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock will present this year’s award to the Vice Admiral during the live broadcast on NBC, Friday, February 1, 2013.
Chairman Brock had this to say about the designee of the award that recognizes “special achievement and distinguished public service:”
Vice Admiral Howard is an inspiration for me and women of color across our country. Her service and achievements as a top-ranking officer in the U.S. Navy have paved the way for girls and young women to know their dreams can become their reality.
NAACP Members can vote for Image Award nominees via the website—deadline for voting is January 23, 2013. Watch the live broadcast of the Image Awards on Friday, February 1 on NBC to see Vice Admiral Howard receive the Chairman’s Award as well as other awardees.
Myrlie Evers-Williiams will deliver the invocation for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. She is the first woman and non-clergy member to deliver a president’s inaugural invocation.
Her selection comes 50 years after the assassination of her husband, Medgar Evers–who was gunned downed by a white supremacist in the driveway of their Mississippi home. He was the first Field Secretary of the NAACP. Evers-Williams went on to become the founder of the Medgar Evers Institute in Jackson, Mississippi.
Evers-Williams shares her sentiments on this historical moment:
I am humbled to have been asked to deliver the invocation for the 57th inauguration of the President of the United States—especially in light of this historical time in America when we will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. It is indeed an exhilarating experience to have the distinct honor of representing that era.
Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the National Board of Directors, commends the President:
Myrlie Evers-Williams embodies the essence of the civil rights movement and the struggle toward the more perfect union our Constitution envisions. We are thrilled she has received this honor and applaud President Obama for his inspirational selection.
President and CEO, Benjamin Todd Jealous affirms the magnitude of this moment for history and current civil rights movement:
Myrlie Evers-Williams is a heroine. She represents the best qualities of the American people and the transformative possibilities of American democracy. Her selection for this sacred task will serve as a reminder to our nation that civil rights must remain at the forefront of our society.
Currently, Evers-WIlliams serves as a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Alcorn State University.
The inauguration of the 44th President of the United States will be held January 21 in Washington, DC. This is also the national observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
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While our economy may be recovering nationally, we know communities of color are recovering at a more stagnant rate with disproportionately high unemployment, limited access to economic resources and growing economic inequality. To help meet our communities’ demand for jobs, economic resources and financial literacy, we are hosting a NAACP Diversity Job Fair along with a Financial Advocacy and Community Tour (F.A.C.T.) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Employers as well as non-profits and financial institutions will be in attendance and available to connect you with opportunities for building your economic security.