In a democracy, the people can win every time -- but only if we are organized. Today, when I reflect back on my half-decade at the helm of the NAACP, I am deeply proud of what we have accomplished together as we organized our communities.
After so many historic civil rights victories, how could it be that my generation had grown up just in time to find itself the most murdered generation in the country and the most incarcerated generation on the planet?
All of last week, I was in Sanford, Florida, pursuing justice for Trayvon Martin. I listened to community concerns about the Sanford Police Department, and stood with Trayvon's parents and 30,000 others in Sanford, a town with only 50,000 residents.
On this World AIDS Day, we cannot forget there is an HIV crisis raging right here in our own backyards. A dangerous mix of complacency, cultural stigma and outright denial continues to fuel this epidemic in our communities.