“When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which EVERY American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that ALL men [and women] – yes, black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this... " - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day, all around America, we celebrate one of the greatest civil rights leaders in history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some of the most memorable and moving lines from one of his most celebrated and profound speeches given in Washington, DC – “I Have a Dream” – will be read on airwaves, posted on social media and shared across media throughout this country.

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Washington -- The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) commends the Florida Department of Health (FDH) for decision to offer oral Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for free to all of their counties by the end of 2018. This collective effort combats the progression of HIV in marginalized communities that find paying for PrEP difficult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012 approved Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV prevention in 2012. When used in combination with condoms, the drug is up to 92 percent effective at preventing HIV. NBJC is committed to supporting efforts like this to ensure that society moves closer toward the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS crisis—especially in the Black community.

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As we reflect upon the work that you have made possible this year, we are excited to present our 2017 Media Impact Guide. This document is a culmination of all of NBJC’s advocacy and programmatic efforts to support inclusive racial justice.

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Growing up, I rarely saw people who looked like me, who showed up in the world as I did—equally proud of and settled into their Blackness as well as their queerness. For me, this meant embracing same-gender attraction as a fundamental part of who I am and how I move through the world. 

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Washington, DC – Credible news reports state the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other divisions within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have been warned by top Trump Administration officials not to use certain words during the upcoming budget proposal process.  These prohibited words include “diversity,” “fetus” and “transgender.” 

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