Julian Bond — American Revolutionary

One of Julian Bond’s heroes, Frederick Douglass, died at 77 in his Washington, D.C. home, cared for by a loving wife and comrade. NAACP Chair Emeritus Bond died at 75. He leaves his loving wife, Pam, at their Washington home, along with his blood and Movement children, like me, across the nation, who have learned […]

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Ferguson Decision: Fire and Anger

The reaction to a grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has gone all the way up the White House. There is a lot of anger and overwhelming sense of frustration of what many perceive to be as justice being denied a person of […]

Showbiz! Stage

NAACP: A Salute to Black Theatre

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. It has grown so much that for the past couple of decades the NAACP, Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch has devoted a night of recognition honoring thespians among the best in the field of entertainment. The branch also celebrates […]

Los Angeles CLippers owner Donald Sterling with Black Business Association President Earl "Skip" Cooper at the 2009 NAACP gala. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/

Sterling Mess a Black Eye for NAACP

The NAACP has become a running joke. The famed institution long known for its quest for justice has become a running comic book sideshow. The tents are up and the circus is full of clowns and laughable jokers in the midst. The fight for equality can now be bought. Breaking down the barriers of racial […]

Angela H. Polk Program Manager, Community Development for Ford Motor Company Fund       presented a $10,000 grant to Director Bill Duke, Founder of the Duke Media Foundation. Photo Credit: Photo credit: Louis "Kengi" Carr

Ford and NAACP Come Together

Ford Returned as Sole Sponsor for 10th Annual Hollywood Bureau Symposium during 45th NAACP Image Awards Week Ford Motor Company Fund returned as sole sponsor of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium, marking its 10th year with the title “Moving Forward: The State of the Industry.” The annual event was held at the Museum of Tolerance […]


Much Ado About ’12 Years a Slave’

Much have been said about “12 Years a Slave.” The epic slave film, directed by Steve McQueen, has made the rounds of all the awards shows, snagging a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture. The movie has also received Academy Awards and NAACP nods as well. What’s the big deal about Hollywood being enamored with […]


Nominees savor NAACP Image Awards Luncheon

HOLLYWOOD-The NAACP Image Awards Nominees’ Luncheon is usually a big deal for lesser known artists, authors and first-time red-carpet walkers. But the event has been known to have high-profile celebs making their way down the red carpet. The annual NAACP Image Awards is a way for the world-renowned civil rights organization to pay homage to […]


Why we still march

50 years after the seminal event of the civil rights era, the work is still unfinished By Sherrilyn A. Ifill Constance Baker Motley, the great civil rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, was not planning to attend the now-famous civil rights March on Washington 50 years ago this month. She was exhausted. As one of Martin Luther […]

Monday's Meditation

Blacks Can’t Lose Sight of Social Justice

Commentary  By M. Starita Boyce Ansari, Ph.D. (Black News)-Fifty years ago, Americans from community after community came together and committed to a vision for justice and equality. People fought. People died. People transcended the small interests of their own needs, as Blacks, Jews, women, gays and lesbians, took real risks to advocate for change and […]

Willis Edwards was a major power player in the NAACP, especially being instrumental in the NAACP's Image Awards. Photo: Dennis J. Freeman

NAACP Leader Was A Giant Among Men

Heroes sometimes relinquish their immortal status and become human. Once they become human they become mortal like the rest of us and end up succumbing to fleshly beginnings and endings. But in between, those men and women who validate their existence here on earth by saving lives and dedicate themselves to helping others, fill a […]

The family of Trayvon Martin is looking for justice in the teenager's murder.

Will There Be Justice For Trayvon Martin?

The victims are different. The results are almost always the same. Oscar Grant. Sean Bell. Yusuf Hawkins. Amadou Diallo. And now the parents of Trayvon Martin have to live with the fact their son now fall into that category. A young black man has his existence snuffed out by a gun-wielding assailant that made the […]

Rev. Dr. William Barber is leading the fight against those who seek to suppress voting rights of people in the black community and people of color./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Standing Alone for Justice

Rev. Dr. William Barber II has been arrested many times. He’s been hit up with death threats.  Ugly verbal assaults and over-the-top criticism of his stance on education, unemployment rates, voting rights and high levels of incarceration of black folks only motivate Barber to continue to do his work as a man of God and […]

Civil rights icon Julian Bond shares the stage during a panel discussion with NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous./Dennis J. Freeman/
Monday's Meditation

NAACP: Relevant Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

By Dennis J. Freeman There are a lot of haters. More than a few doubters have bashed the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. That could only mean the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is doing what it is supposed to do: agitate and make people feel uncomfortable. For years, people have […]

Judith Browne-Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project, speaks during a panel discussion on redistricting and the black vote. Seated next to her is Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Civic Participation./Dennis J. Freeman

Efforts to Suppress Black Vote in 2012 is Underway

By Dennis J. Freeman Suppression of voting rights is nothing new for black folks. The black community has had to battle their way to equal rights under the law, including the right to vote, for centuries. Three years after the first black man in this country’s history was elected president, efforts to silence the black […]

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous speaks at a press conference kicking off the organization's annual convention./Dennis J. Freeman/

NAACP President Jealous Looks to the Future

By Dennis J. Freeman Los Angeles-NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous came out swinging for the fences at the civil rights organization’s national convention in Los Angeles. Jealous, speaking at a press conference to kick off the 102nd NAACP Annual Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center highlighted the national organization’s agenda for its weeklong […]

(L-R) President of the NAACP, Ben Jealous is joined with his wife Lia Epperson, Alma Powell and Colin Powell at the 42nd NAACP Images Awards in Los Angeles on Friday March 4, 2011./AP Photo/Earl GibsonIII

Stars Say NAACP Remain a Major Force for Equality

By Dennis J. Freeman Los Angeles-The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. Throughout its storied history, the NAACP has taken on structural racism and the Ku Klux Klan, battled Jim Crow segregation, fought against discrimination in education and in the workplace and marched for freedom. […]