Join NBJC Executive Director David J. Johns for a
Live VIP Discussion with the cast of Queen Sugar
Wednesday, February 24th, 8:00 pm EST
“Joy is an act of resistance”: How to own your joy in the midst of adversity. Love will win.
This conversation will highlight the storylines from “Queen Sugar” of Aunt Vi and Hollywood – a couple that demonstrates unconditional love and has quickly become America’s favorite couple. Hollywood’s adoration of his new wife, and the way they handle challenges that come their way, give hope to idea that the power of love is powerful in helping you heal, survive, and thrive.
Paul Garnes (Executive Producer)
Omar Dorsey (Queen Sugar Cast-“Hollywood” Desonier)
Tina Lifford (Queen Sugar Cast-“Violet Bordelon”)
Bishop Leah Daughtry (OWN Community Partner AKA/PowerRising)
David Johns (OWN Community Partner National Black Justice Coalition)
Jotaka Eaddy (Moderator-OWN Senior Advisor)
Join at: bit.ly/QueenSugarVIPDiscussion
Honoring the Past, Making History Today
Thursday, February 25th at 4pm PST/7pm EST
David J. Johns of the National Black Justice Coalition, Kierra Johnson of the National LGBTQ Task Force, Dominique Morgan of Black and Pink; and Imani Rupert-Gordon of the National Center for Lesbian Rights are all Black folx leading national LGBTQ+ organizations during a time when in many ways our country is having a reckoning around issues of racial injustice. This will be a discussion about the strengths they bring, the challenges they have, and what they think is next in the movement. The panel will be Thursday, February 25th at 4pm PST/7pm EST and will be moderated by Richard A. Fowler.
Register here to join!
Lunch and Learn: Policy and Data as Tools for
Black LGBTQ+ Freedom
Thursday, February 25th, 9:30 am PST / 12:30 pm EST
Register to join “Lunch and Learn: Policy and Data as Tools for Black LGBTQ+ Freedom” featuring Victoria Kirby York of the National Black Justice Coalition and Dr. Bianca D.M. Wilson of the Williams Institute.
Annual Black Institute @ Creating Change: ``New Ideas for
a New Era``
When: Thursday, January 28, 2021
The Black Institute is designed to build community while equipping attendees with tools needed to advocate for policy changes that improve the lives of all Black people by centering the lived experience of Black LGBTQ+/Same Gender Loving people.
In this year’s Black Institute, Black LGBTQ+/SGL community leaders and activists engaged in meaningful and sustained political and civic capacity-building in preparation for the next legislative session and beyond.
This year’s theme was “New Ideas for a New Era,” which reflects the new time we are moving into with a new presidential administration as well as a host of new, diverse political leaders and elected officials.
NBJC facilitated interactive virtual sessions about issues facing attendees and our broader community and possible collaborative solutions. The event included a look at Black LGBTQ+/SGL leadership, a discussion about our community’s top legislative priorities for new White House and Congressional leaders, and words of advice from Black LGBTQ+/SGL elected officials.
The themes mirror NBJC’s policy themes for the next two years: Ensuring All Black Lives Matter, The Right to Thrive, and Reconciliation and Reparations. Issues impacting the Black LGBTQ+/SGL community that will be discussed during the Black Institute included: criminal justice and health care reform, the violence currently facing the Black transgender and nonbinary communities, economic and educational inequality, and civil rights inclusion and expansion.