Historically Black Colleges and Universities

GUEST POST: Mixfest Recap

Facebook

Teaser: 

Marcus Lee, a sophomore at Morehouse College and the Special Programs and Events Coordinator of its LGBT student group SafeSpace, recaps Mixfest—the first international LGBT film and arts festival for people of color.  People from across the country came out to participate in this celebration of freedom and wholeness. NBJC was a proud sponsor of the film festival.

This weekend, history was made. Mixfest—the first international LGBT film and arts festival for people of color—was held in Atlanta, GA, April 12–14. People from across the country came out to participate in this celebration of freedom and wholeness.

Our Issues: Interview with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)

Facebook

Teaser: 

AfroPunk recently sat down with Spelman alumnus and NBJC Programs and Outreach Associate Je-ShawnaWholley to discuss the founding of the organization, influencing policy, experiences of queer Black people on Historically Black College and University as well as predominantly white college campuses, and what “queer” looks like in a modern context.

By: Justin Allen, AFROPUNK Contributor | April 9, 2013 | AFROPUNK.com

Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Rocked the (White) House

Facebook

Teaser: 

On February 21, over 200 Black LGBT youth took our nation's capital by storm for the annual Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Day. NBJC was proud to convene such a dynamic group of inspiring and insightful change-makers as well as partner with the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.  The event was highlighted on WhiteHouse.gov under the African American History Month Weekly Wrap-up!

On February 21, over 200 Black LGBT youth took our nation's capital by storm for the annual Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Day. NBJC was proud to convene such a dynamic group of inspiring and insightful change-makers as well as partner with the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

The State of Black LGBT in Black History Month

Facebook

Teaser: 

In honor of Black History Month, NBJC Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks appeared on Sheila Alexander-Reid Live, hosted by D.C. activist Sheila Alexander-Reid. Lettman-Hicks discussed the state of the Black LGBT movement, Obama's inaugural address, Bayard Rustin's legacy and more. Sheila Alexander-Reid Live is D.C.'s only LGBT FM radio show. The program offers an LGBT perspective on an array of topics. 

In honor of Black History Month, NBJC Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks appeared on Sheila Alexander-Reid Live, hosted by D.C. activist Sheila Alexander-Reid. Lettman-Hicks discussed the state of the Black LGBT movement, Obama's inaugural address, Bayard Rustin's legacy and more. Sheila Alexander-Reid Live is D.C.'s only LGBT FM radio show.

EVENT: Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Day, Feb. 21-22, 2013

Facebook

Teaser: 

The National Black Justice Coalition, in conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is pleased to host the 2013 Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Day in Washington, DC. Select events will take place on February 21-22, 2013. Participants will hear about President Obama’s commitment to equal rights for all Americans and the important steps his Administration has taken to ensure health, well-being, security, justice, and equality for black and LGBT Americans.

 

Arcus Foundation Encourages Donations to Grantees on Giving Tuesday

Facebook

Teaser: 

One of the grantees, National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), launched a fundraising drive for an initiative aimed at creating the next generation of Black LGBT activists and leaders in the United States. The NBJC initiative identifies rising stars aged 18-30 in the Black LGBT movement and provides them a platform to develop their leadership abilities, use their voices, build networks, and take action in their communities. "Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of young people of color in shaping U.S. Policies and in sustaining a vibrant and impactful equality movement," said Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, NBJC's Executive Director, noting a blog about Giving Tuesday by NBJC emerging leader Je-Shawna Wholley.

NEW YORK – 27 November, 2012: The Arcus Foundation has been encouraging donors across the United States to contribute to charitable activities on November's national day of giving known as Giving Tuesday.

In advance of Giving Tuesday, the Foundation awarded a raft of small grants, amounting to US$78,275, to 11 organizations strongly allied to its mission of creating a just and humane world that respects the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and respects and protects the world’s great apes.

#GivingTuesday: Why I #GIVE2NBJC and So Should You

Facebook

Teaser: 

Most recently, NBJC has launched the Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Initiative, an intentional effort to create more programs and sponsorship opportunities dedicated to empowering and mobilizing young Black LGBT leaders between the ages of 18 and 30.  This sense of responsibility has led me to spearhead a signature initiative for NBJC by spreading the word about the importance of giving back on Giving Tuesday, November 27, and beyond.  Giving Tuesday is a national campaign with hundreds of charities, organizations and non-profits purposed to celebrate and encourage more giving during the holiday season.

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — President Barack Obama.

GUEST POST: My OUT on the Hill 2012 Experience

Facebook

Teaser: 

I experienced the most exciting, engaging, empowering, and transformative four days of my life at the National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit. Thank you, NBJC, for inviting me into a space so wonderfully and artfully created by your leadership team. I have not stopped gushing about my experience since I've been back home. In fact, I've made a commitment to ensure that Morgan State University doubles the size of the student delegation next year so more students will have the opportunity to be a part of such a life-changing experience.

I experienced the most exciting, engaging, empowering, and transformative four days of my life at the National Black Justice Coalition’s (NBJC) OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit. Thank you, NBJC, for inviting me into a space so wonderfully and artfully created by your leadership team. I have not stopped gushing about my experience since I've been back home.