NBJC Welcomes Derrick L. McMahon, Jr. as a Senior Fellow
The National Black Justice Coalition is pleased to announce that it has selected Derrick L. McMahon Jr. as its newest Senior Fellow. As a Senior Fellow, he will bring a wealth of cutting-edge communication and organizing skills in support of NBJC’s key programming and policy initiatives.
“I am delighted to welcome Derrick aboard as the newest addition to our team,” says Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition. “His maverick brand of social media activism has accumulated a following of over 9,000 people and garnered praise for holding public figures accountable for harmful speech against the LGBT community. Through his communications savvy and social justice consciousness, Derrick has maximized the potential that social media activism and engagement offers to the Black LGBT movement.”
McMahon comes to NBJC as a writer and blogger who is deeply engaged in the LGBT movement, particularly the world of social media. His social justice postings, writings, and tweets have appeared in publications such as the Huffington Post, Our Weekly, and Complex Magazine. He has been interviewed by The Grio and Clay Cane Live, and covered by BET.com and NewsOne.com. A graduate of Florida A&M University with a degree in History, he honed his social justice voice as an Op-Ed contributor for the university newspaper, The Famuan. His collegiate activism also included leading community discussions and appearing on panel discussions relating to LGBT issues.
“I am honored to have been selected as a Senior Fellow at the National Black Justice Coalition. I am an example of the amazing work that NBJC is doing to cultivate emerging leaders in the Black LGBT community. My journey from NBJC Emerging Leader to Senior Fellow is proof that NBJC is committed to developing Black LGBT talent”, says McMahon. “To work for an LGBT organization, a Black LGBT organization, at that, is a dream come true. I am ready to take the work that I do in ending racism and homophobia to the next level.
“Derrick is an amazing emerging talent, and we welcome him to our team of stars. We look forward to Derrick continuing his work as a unique advocate for the Black LGBT movement here at NBJC,” added Lettman-Hicks.