NBJC is dedicated to cultivating exemplary leadership in our community. It is with this proclamation that NBJC has developed the Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Initiative. This program is purposed with identifying young, rising stars (ages 18-30) in the Black LGBT movement as well as providing a platform and a space for standout leaders to use their voice, build networks, and take action in their communities. Not only is their perspective a critical one in shaping policies, their active involvement is essential to help grow the leadership pipeline necessary to sustain a vibrant, impactful equality movement.
We had a day for giving thanks. We had two for getting deals. Tuesday, November 27 is #GivingTuesday, the giving season's official kickoff! Thousands of retailers, charities, online organizations, community centers, individuals, activists, families and more will come together to harness our collective power and give back to the causes that matter to us the most. As an Arcus Foundation grantee and #GivingTuesday partner, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) will launch its Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Initiative highlighting young leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement. NBJC will seek to match Arcus Foundation and other donors' pledges to raise $20,000. Will you help make this possible?
NBJC has been a proud supporter of the Marylanders for Marriage Equality campaign working actively to win the freedom to marry in the Free State. The NBJC team will be volunteering on the ground in Prince George’s County on Election Day encouraging registered voters to make their way to the polls, and more importantly, make an informed decision that will protect and benefit Black families. A vote for Question 6 is a vote for equality and fairness. A vote for Question 6 is a vote to strengthen Black families.
Your vote and voice matters! NBJC partnered with Color of Change, an organization that aims to strengthen the political voice of Black America, for a critical call to register Black LGBT voters. This is a key year for people living at the intersection of the Black and LGBT communities to show up at the polls in record numbers. Radical right-wing groups have been working overtime to 'divide and conquer' the Black vote. This is the year we prove that they're fighting a losing battle. It is our obligation to make our voices heard. We owe it to ourselves, families, loved ones and future generations. Time is running out!
On September 19-22, 2012, over 200 Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) leaders and activists from across the country will gather in the nation's capital for the National Black Justice Coalition's (NBJC) 3rd Annual OUT on the Hill Black LGBT Leadership Summit. OUT on the Hill attendees will participate in an inspiring week of discussion, strategizing and organizing as well as educate congressional leaders, the White House and federal agencies about Black LGBT public policy concerns.
In 2011, NBJC launched its HBCU LGBT-Equality Initiative designed to seek policy change within the U.S. Department of Education’s White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The purpose of this initiative is to promote the development and delivery of culturally competent administrative, faculty, staff and student support services for LGBT people on HBCU campuses. The National Black Justice Coalition is gathering testimonials from Black LGBT students and alumni who have experienced harassment, discrimination or violence while attending an HBCU. Please complete the intake form here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact NBJC at (202) 319-1552 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you for sharing your story.
On November 19, 2011 Florida A&M University student Robert Champion Jr. was found unresponsive aboard a band bus after the school's biggest game of the year. Police ruled the death a homicide from hazing; furthermore, the parents of Mr. Champion, a 26-year-old drum major in the university’s famed marching band, have recently revealed that Mr. Champion was gay. The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s largest Black LGBT civil rights organization, is urging the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS) and Civil Rights Division, in addition to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, to launch an immediate investigation into Mr. Champion’s death as a potential anti-gay hate crime.