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Matthew McConaughey Thanks God at Oscars

Monique Ruffin | Posted 05.03.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

I was really surprised by Matthew McConaughey's Oscar acceptance speech at the Oscars. I've attended a handful of the award shows, most recently the N...

I Stand With the NAACP!

Richard Fowler | Posted 05.03.2014 | Media
Richard Fowler

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has a mission of ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. This mission is not bounded by political party or viewpoint.

LOOK: Kerry Washington (And Bump) Get Glam

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 02.23.2014 | Black Voices

The 2014 NAACP Image Awards is always a classy affair, not only for its celebration of the outstanding achievements of people of color in the arts and...

Partnering for Action in African American Communities

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Valerie Jarrett

What was clear in this meeting was that many of the goals the president set forth in his State of the Union address< will become reality because of the strong partnerships that he and his administration have forged with leaders from the civil rights community who work hard every day to advocate equality and opportunity for all.

How Post Offices Can Provide an Alternative to Payday Lending

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The federal government has a history of intervening to provide important services not offered by the private sector. And with a gap in the financial services arena for low- to moderate-income Americans, the U.S. Postal Service is a great fit to meet this demand.

Advocating for a Healthier Future

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 04.14.2014 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

NAACP founders recognized that we, as African Americans, would never reach the peak of our potential if we were treated as second-class citizens in our own county, especially as it relates to our health.

Still We Rise: Recovering the Grassroots Impetus of the NAACP Post-1965

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

As we commemorate our 105th anniversary on February 12, I am hopeful that we as an organization can rise and soar to new possibilities. With the help of the Lord, still we rise.

March Because Your Rights Shouldn't Depend on Your Zip Code

Cecile Richards | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Cecile Richards

In the weeks and months to come, Planned Parenthood will continue to join our allies in urging members of Congress to put politics aside and work together to restore voter protection under the Voting Rights Amendment Act.

Carolina on Your Mind: Why Saturday's Moral March is Everyone's Lookout

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

If you share the values of civic equality and common care, they tie you to people working for them everywhere. That's true in a practical way: we here in North Carolina hope to reverse the gerrymandering that gives us a massively Republican congressional delegation in an evenly split state.

Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired; She'd Be 101 Today

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

That popular legend is misleading. Parks' defiance of Montgomery's segregation laws was not an isolated incident. It was part of a lifelong crusade to dismantle Jim Crow.

How the Banking Industry Can Help Combat Economic Inequality

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Growing income inequality continues to weaken the American middle class and stagnant wages, low wage jobs replacing those with livable wages and fewer government investments compromise the ideals that make this country strong.

Must End Gentrification to Advance Economic Equity

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Nationally there is much to be done that can address the record level of American economic inequality. It is a fight which must occur city by city. Growing economic inequality will only cease with an end to gentrification.

NAACP Has 'Serious Concerns' With New Voting Rights Bill

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The NAACP on Thursday expressed appreciation for lawmakers' effort to update voting rights laws, but raised "serious concerns" with provisions of the ...

Controversial Voting Laws Attract Protests, Support

The News & Observer | Anne Blythe | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

RALEIGH -- One of the longstanding arguments against voter ID laws has been that there is no history of significant elections fraud. But advocates of...

Watch: State of Conflict -- North Carolina

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

First it was Wisconsin. Now it's North Carolina that is redefining the term "battleground state." On one side: a right wing government enacting laws that are changing the face of the state. On the other: citizen protesters who are fighting back against what they fear is a radical takeover.

Moral Monday Movement Experiences Big Revival

The News & Observer | Anne Blythe and Andrew Kenney | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

RALEIGH -- The governor's administration was unable to keep demonstrators off state Capitol grounds on Monday despite an attempt to deny the group a p...

The Human Right of a Fair Minimum Wage

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Dedrick Muhammad

It is time fulfill the social contract, realize Mandela's dream, and advance a society that is economically just and fair for all. We cannot succeed in this country or anywhere else in the world when a shrinking few do very well and a growing majority can barely make it.

Saving the American Middle Class

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 02.08.2014 | DC
Dedrick Muhammad

And DC is not alone. Nationwide, cities like New York, New Orleans and Atlanta have economic inequality rates so high that the thread that once tied these cities together -- the ideals of community and shared prosperity -- is now frayed.

A Distraction From the Greater Mission

Cody Lyon | Posted 02.03.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

In 1962 Rev. Stell had led a group of parents, on behalf of their children, including Ralph, in a federal court suit with the goal of forcing the Savannah-Chatham County to follow federal law and desegregate its public schools.

Ask What You Can Do For Your Country

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope, as we remember a young President, that we will renew our commitment to building with urgency and persistence a just America where every child is valued and enabled to achieve their God given potential regardless of the lottery of birth.

New Portrait Honors Clyde Kennard, Forgotten Civil Rights Pioneer

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
The Zinn Education Project

After the terrorist attack on 9-11 and the nation's response, anger and grief overwhelmed artist Robert Shetterly.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Nominates Former NAACP Official To Top Civil Rights Post

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will nominate a former NAACP Legal Defense Fund official to take over the Justice Department's Civil Rights Divis...

Could a Blue-Collar Job Be Right for You?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Given the challenging job market, it may be surprising to learn that some of today's highest-paying, in-demand professions are actually blue-collar jobs.

Bipartisan Marijuana Bill Appears To Have One More Big Supporter In Its Corner

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics

A bipartisan bill advocating for states rights on marijuana appears to have one more big supporter in its corner. Marijuana Majority said Saturday ...

We Can Make the Future Come Faster

Ben Jealous | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

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.