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Meet the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) Leadership Advisory Council




Contact: Kimberley McLeod


Phone: 202-319-1552 x 102

Meet the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) Leadership Advisory Council

A coalition of 40 Black LGBT leaders strengthening NBJC's future


Washington, D.C. – June 28, 2012 – As the nation's leading Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is committed to building an empowered and informed national coalition of Black LGBT leadership working collaboratively to own our power. That is why we are so proud to officially launch the NBJC Leadership Advisory Council (LAC).


Comprised of a distinguished body of exemplary thought leaders, the purpose of the LAC is to serve as both an incubator of ideas and a conduit connecting some of the most authentic advocates in our community to the NBJC leadership. LAC members update NBJC on significant developments at the core of our community's needs, strategically assess the direction of the organization and deepen NBJC's impact on federal, state, and local initiatives. They represent a wide range of geographical regions, professional disciplines, subject matters and generations. 



The  2012-2013 Leadership Advisory Council includes trailblazers like Simone Bell, State Representative for Georgia; trans advocate and history-making George Washington University graduate Kye Allums; longtime civil rights activist Mandy Carter; Charles Pugh, President of the Detroit City Council; Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; award-winning director Maurice Jamal; Presidential Appointee, Rev. George Walker, who is also the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Victory Fund and Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute; and award-winning blogger and journalist, Rod McCullom.


"LAC members have unapologetically served as positive messengers, advocates and ambassadors for NBJC in their own communities and professional and social networks," says Sharon Lettman-Hicks, NBJC Executive Director. "The LAC also creates a unique opportunity to highlight the brilliant and important social justice work of many Black LGBT leaders across the country."


"This dynamic group will play a vital role in implementing NBJC's strategic plan and forging the working relationships that help bridge the racial justice and LGBT equality movements," adds Darryl Moore, NBJC Board Chair and Berkeley (CA) City Councilman. "I look forward to the great things they will do for the organization, the community and our fight for full equality."


"This is only the beginning. We have worked collectively for the past year to create a frontline, loyal team for NBJC. These leaders are charged with building this same type of alliance with other leaders and activists to make a stronger Black LGBT movement and a more effective NBJC," states Lettman-Hicks.


The Leadership Advisory Council is charged with holding NBJC conscious and accountable in a proactive manner as we strive to strengthen Black families and cultivate Black LGBT emerging leaders.


Get to know who's who on our LAC! Read more here.


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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. NBJC's mission is to end racism and homophobia.





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.