Washington, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) joins the nation in honoring the life and legacy of Julian Bond (1940-2015). A son of the South, Bond dedicated his entire life advocating for freedom and justice for all.
 
“The NBJC family is deeply saddened by the passing of Julian Bond, who will be remembered as one of the fiercest fighters for justice and equality that the world has ever seen. Coming of age as an influential leader in the Civil Rights Movement, his early and vocal support for LGBT rights has been a source of hope and inspiration to so many—especially to those within the Black LGBT community,” said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, NBJC Executive Director & CEO. “I am a better activist and champion of civil rights because I was blessed to have known Julian Bond and saw him as my role model in being a frontline social justice warrior for racial justice and LGBT equality. The world has lost a hero, but we have gained a true example of how one life can make the world a more welcoming and inclusive place for all people. We must never forget what he stood for and build upon his legacy as we continue the fight for justice.”  

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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 into law. This historic piece of legislation promised to dismantle the legal barriers that prevented African Americans and other minorities from exercising their right to vote under the U.S. Constitution. By prohibiting racial discrimination in voting practices on every level of government, the Civil Rights Movement achieved one of its primary objectives--all Americans have the right to vote at the ballot box no matter their background.

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Washington, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) officially endorsed the Equality Act upon its introduction in the U.S. Congress today. This historic and unprecedented piece of legislation would expand basic non-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and gender nonconforming people based on their actual or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation. The Equality Act adds key LGBT protections to existing civil rights laws including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to ensure—like other protected classes (e.g. race, religion or national origin)—LGBT people cannot be legally discriminated against in the United States. In addition, the Equality Act provides federal protection on the basis of sex and sex-based stereotypes in both public accommodations and federally funded programs.

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Washington, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) celebrates several historic decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court this week, including the expansion of marriage equality nationwide. In the Obergefell v. Hodges 5-4 ruling, the nation’s highest court stated that all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, have a constitutional right to marry the person they love in every state of the union. The decision legalizes marriage for same-sex couples in the last 13 states with laws that banned it – Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas.

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Washington, DC – June 26, 2015 – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and trangender (LGBT) people, joins with the nation every year on National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) to highlight the need for every single American to contribute to the fight to end HIV. NHTD reminds us that we all have the power to serve as change agents in our families and local communities by getting tested, getting into care and ending stigma in our families and communities around HIV/AIDS.  This is our opportunity to ALL make a difference!

 

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