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February 1, 2013


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It has been a busy new year at NBJC, and we've only just gotten started. The team has just wrapped up an amazing four days in Atlanta at the National Conference for LGBT Equality: Creating Change, hosted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. It was a family affair as board members, members of our Leadership Advisory Council (LAC), Emerging Leaders, community partners, old and new friends, and more convened at our exhibit booth and attended our sessions.


In this special edition of the NBJC E-Digest, you get a glimpse at the experience. 


NBJC Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks, activist Ja'briel Walthour, NBJC Programs and Outreach Associate Je-Shawna Wholley, and NBJC Leadership Advisory Council Member Kye Allums

At our session "A Morning With NBJC: LGBT Emerging Leaders Briefing," LGBT emerging leaders and stakeholders had the opportunity to interact with the NBJC staff and leadership, learn about NBJC's overall mission and strategy, and become acquainted with our specific programs for Black LGBT youth, including the Emerging Leaders Council, the White House Policy Briefing for Black LGBT Emerging Leaders (see announcement below), and the NBJC Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) LGBT-Equality Initiative. The session also included testimonials from Emerging Leaders such as Samantha Master. 


One Emerging Leader and Creating Change attendee, Josh Gale, reflected on his experience in a blog entry: "I attended a great workshop hosted by National Black Justice Coalition that was truly inspiring. That workshop was the most inspirational workshop I've been to thus far. I don't know about anybody else, but they truly got me pumped and motivated to become an activist of NBJC's emerging leaders." Read his full post at The Network for LGBT Health Equity


Creating Change
NBJC's Programs and Policy Manager Michael J. Brewer moderates "Beyond 2012: Creating the Black LGBT Agenda"


The following day, NBJC hosted an invigorating discussion at "Beyond 2012: Crafting an Agenda for the Black LGBT Community." A distinguished panel of local and national Black LGBT leaders, including NBJC board member and Trans People of Color Coalition founder Kylar Broadus; Darlene Hudson, Co-Chair, State of Black Gay America; Earl Fowlkes, Executive Director, Center of Black Equity; Curtis Lipscomb, Executive Director, KICK: The Center in Detroit; Dr. Ravi Perry, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Clark University; and Stacey Long, Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.



We were also proud to support the sessions of our community partners including: veteran activist and NBJC founding member Mandy Carter's "National Mobilization Meeting for the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington;" Morehouse College SafeSpace's "Not a Club but a Movement;" Trans People of Color Coalition's "Trans Women of Color: The Sisterhood;" Marcus Brock's "Queering Hip Hop: Using the Social Message of Rap's Storytelling to Shift Media Perspectives and Create Alternative Spaces;" Youth Pride Services' "National Strategy For Black Gay Youth In America;" and Yoruba Richen's The New Black Documentary Screening.


"Like" us on Facebook to view more photos from this year's Creating Change. Also, follow us on Twitter @NBJContheMove to stay engaged!


White House Policy Briefing

for Black LGBT Emerging Leaders 

Thursday, February 21

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

The White House

Eisenhower Executive Office Building

Washington, DC 


Emerging Leaders (ages 18 – 30) are invited to participate in a policy briefing at the White House. This event will be an opportunity for you to learn more 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.


To register, email NBJC's Programs and Outreach Associate, Je-Shawna Wholley, at




LGBT Clergy and People of Faith Speak Out

Wednesday, February 27

6:30 p.m.

Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ 

3845 South Capitol Street 

Washington, DC


Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ will host a panel and reception for WE HAVE FAITH, a traveling exhibit that breaks stereotypes of religion, sexual orientation and gender identity. The exhibit is open to the public, February 27 – March 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.


For more information, visit




The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.