*(Washington, DC) – The NAACP issued the following statements in response to President Obama’s new “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative, a program to build ladders of opportunity for boys and young men of color.
From Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO:
“The positive force of this groundbreaking initiative will help counter the negatives influences these young men experience daily and will place them on a path to success,” stated NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller.
*This weekend EURweb was on the scene at the 45th NAACP Image Awards.
Watch what stars like Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Arsenio Hall, Anthony Anderson, Tatyana Ali, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Malcolm D. Lee had to say on the red carpet to EURweb associate Fahnia Thomas.
“It’s fun. It means you are in the club!”
Fan favorite Oprah Winfrey said nominations are pointers saying you’re moving in the right direction.
Jordan Russell Davis, 17, was killed by Michael David Dunn, 45, over loud music the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, 2012.
Saturday evening a jury in Jacksonville, Florida returned a verdict in the case of Michael David Dunn who was accused of killing 16-year-old Jordan Russell Davis because he (Davis) was playing his music too loud in his car as far as Dunn was concerned.
Dunn was convicted on 4 counts of attempted murder, but on the primary count of murder, first degree, the jury declared a mistrial. Below is the response from the National Action Network, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and various NAACP officials.
(Chattanooga, TN) – The NAACP Tennessee State Conference released the following statement responding to the vote at the Chattanooga Volkswagen Plant not to unionize.
From Gloria J. Sweet-Love, President Tennessee NAACP State Conference:
“This is a disappointing setback in a long term effort to ensure better workplace conditions for all American workers,” stated Gloria Sweet-Love, President of the Tennessee NAACP. ”It is unfortunate that some outside voices engaged in deceptive and intimidation tactics to influences the plant workers. We remain dedicated to protecting the rights of workers and their ability to stand together.”
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.
Actor Forest Whitaker attends the 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California
*Forest Whitaker will get a special award during the 45th NAACP Image Awards telecast, to air live on Saturday, Feb. 22 on TV One.
The civil rights group announced today that the Academy Award-winning actor, producer and director will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award, given in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.
“Forest Whitaker embodies the moniker of artist/activist,” stated Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors. “His work in front of and behind the camera engages and entertains, and his service to communities around the world is truly inspirational. It is my honor and privilege to recognize Mr. Whitaker with the Chairman’s Award.”