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Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks
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Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks serves as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), which is a national civil rights organization dedicated to empowering black LGBT people. NBJC's mission is to end racism and homophobia. As America's leading national black LGBT civil rights organization focused on federal public policy, NBJC has accepted the charge to lead black families in strengthening the bonds and bridging the gaps between the movements for racial justice and LGBT equality. For more information about NBJC, visit

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A Black Family Call to Action to Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 8:49 AM

Since the first cases of HIV were reported over 30 years ago, Black people and our families have been the most impacted. We all carry with us the stories of relatives, friends, neighbors and other loved ones who are no longer with us due to HIV/AIDS. We have collectively allowed...

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Inner-City 'Barbarians'? Calling Out Racism on the Airwaves

(13) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Politics isn't always pretty. In fact, it can get downright nasty. When you work on issues that directly affect people's lives, it's easy for passion to overcome politeness. That said, there are some lines you just don't cross.

Recently, on Tallahassee radio station WFLA, Florida Family Policy Council president...

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The State of Black LGBT People and Their Families

(5) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 12:26 PM

While the America we live in today is more tolerant and accepting than decades and centuries past, we still have a long and arduous road ahead. Despite false claims that we live in a "post-racial" society, African Americans still face prejudice and systemic racism regularly. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...

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Fair Employment Practices: A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color

(11) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 8:05 AM

In my years as an advocate for racial equality, I've heard countless stories from black men, women, and youth about barriers faced in school, college, finding a job, keeping a job, and being treated equally in the workplace. Despite laws that promote equal access to employment and protect workers from...

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Setting the Record Straight: Wall Street Journal Perpetuates 'Black vs. Gay' Meme

(142) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Our airwaves, front pages and social media feeds have been dominated by coverage of the presidential inauguration. From Michelle Obama's impeccable ensemble to Beyoncé Knowles' rendition of the national anthem, critics have been dissecting and distorting the events of the historic day, including President Barack Obama's reference to "Seneca Falls,...

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#GivingTuesday: Celebrate the New Holiday Tradition

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 11:00 PM

We had a day for giving thanks. We had two for getting deals. This year we also have #GivingTuesday, a new day dedicated to giving -- when charities, families, businesses, community centers, activists, students and more all come together to harness our collective power and give back to...

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Words Matter, Jennifer Carroll, Words Matter

(19) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 2:48 PM

What woman here is so enamored of her own oppression that she cannot see her heelprint upon another woman's face? What woman's terms of oppression have become precious and necessary to her as a ticket into the fold of the righteous, away from the cold winds of self-scrutiny? -- Audre...

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Shattering the Silence Around HIV/AIDS in the Black Community

(8) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Today marks the 12th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), which features public events that offer testing and prevention techniques throughout the U.S. This year's theme is "I am my Brother/Sister's Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS." This national day of community education and empowerment began as a means of engaging...

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Why We Cannot Wait: NBJC Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day

(23) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 1:37 AM

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation's largest black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, reflects on King's legacy as we continue to demand justice for Robert Champion Jr.

Champion, a gay drum major at Florida A&M,...

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It Takes a Village: Standing with Our LGBT Youth

(8) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 12:43 PM

When I first became the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation's leading organization advocating for black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, I was often asked why I had chosen to accept the position. I am a straight woman who was raised in...

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Department of Defense, I Am Waiting to Receive My Survey

(5) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 4:52 PM

My husband is a proud member of the United States Air Force. A military career man. While he was stationed in Iraq, the moral support that helped him survive came through our letters, our calls, our communications, our connection. He had something magical to hold onto as he moved through...

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