WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, released the following statement in support and admiration of Spelman College’s new institutional policy to admit transgender women:
 
Spelman College is breaking down barriers and setting a powerful example of what inclusivity must look like for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Spelman honors an enduring legacy of sisterhood by educating Black women through a lens that critically examines sexism, patriarchy, transphobia and cis-heterosexism. This inclusive policy follows Bennett College, the only other HBCU exclusively for women that has implemented groundbreaking policy to admit transgender women.

Read more >

Washington, DC - The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statement in response to the repulsive and inexcusable remarks made this week by the 45th President of the United States concerning the acts of violence and terrorism by white supremacists this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia:
The horrific acts of domestic terror and hate in Charlottesville over the weekend have left us at the National Black Justice Coalition with a myriad of feelings, including anger, hurt, exhaustion and a sense of hopelessness for our communities. We are not shocked nor surprised by the events of Charlottesville that ultimately left three people dead and more than 30 people injured in the streets. These episodes of homegrown terrorism rooted in white supremacy are nothing new, but a part of a long and polarizing history of violence perpetrated on Black people and other communities of color for centuries now.

Read more >

The freedom to exercise our speech, through the right to vote, is the cornerstone of any democracy. This freedom ensures that the people are heard and represented in a nation’s critical decisions. In the United States, the right to vote has been awarded to minorities, but only after centuries of hard fought and tumultuous battles rooted in racism. These battles have propelled our nation forward in its promise to uphold the hopeful phrase enshrined in the Constitution: “in Order to form a more perfect Union.” 

Read more >

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, released the following statement from Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, in response to the tweets of President Trump to ban transgender people from serving in the military:
 
“This morning our nation’s 45th President utilized Twitter to announce his decision to ban transgender people from serving in our nation’s military. This position is beyond disgraceful and spits in the faces of the more than 15,000 transgender people currently serving honorably and those that have previously served in our nation’s armed forces.

Read more >