The Butler and Social Progress: A Lesson in Opposites

Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, Forest WhitakerIn Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Cecil Gaines and his son want the same thing: equal protection under the law. The film is an important reminder that there are many different ways to play a significant part in achieving that dream.

Forest Whitaker delivers a commanding performance as Cecil Gaines — the fictional character loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, who grew up on a plantation and became a butler at the White House, where he served eight consecutive presidents. Cecil is a master of his emotions and has a deep understanding of his place in the social order: whether on the farm or in the Oval Office, his job is always to be in the room without being noticed.

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A Mother’s Love

Sybrina FultonI cannot begin to imagine how hard these past 17 months have been for Sybrina Fulton.

Sybrina lost her son, Trayvon Martin, to a senseless act of violence. She watched the media create a caricature of her son as a thug, and burden him with assumptions about what it means to be a young black teen. And, after a long and painful trial, she saw Trayvon’s killer go free.

We all say “We Are Trayvon” and feel a sense of pain when we think of this tragedy, but Sybrina was a physical part of Trayvon, bound by blood and the love between mother and son.

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You Can Go Home to Canvass!

This past weekend, NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock returned to her hometown of Ft. Pierce, Florida for a Get-Out-The-Vote canvass sponsored by the NAACP and coordinated with Tamika Mallory, Executive Director at the National Action Network. Volunteers from the local chapters knocked on over 300 doors to ensure that everyone in the town was encouraged to vote on Election Day and make their voice heard.  Chairman Brock returned to her hometown because it is important to her that the people there know that their vote matters this election season.

On Election Day, please remember to go out and vote because as Chairman Brock says,  “Courage can not skip this generation!”

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The Face of Hope – Chairman’s Keynote Address – Public Mass Meeting- 103rd NAACP Annual Convention

The Face Of Hope
“But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and I offer no apologies for my race or for my color.”

Chairman Roslyn M. Brock addresses the 103rd NAACP Annual Convention

Thank you Vivica! Wow! I am humbled by that introduction – humbled and inspired to do even more to implement the NAACP’s agenda with a sense of urgency.

The standard thing to say when you are introduced by a nine-year old is, “She is our future!” But here she is now, right in the present. When I look at Vivica, I am confident that courage will not skip her generation. Let’s give her another huge round of applause.

Officers and members of the NAACP National Board, President/CEO
Jealous, national office staff, delegates, observers and friends of the
NAACP, welcome to Houston, Texas and the opening session of the 103rd
Annual Convention.

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Justice for Trayvon Rally: Chairman Roslyn M. Brock’s Address

My Rally Jacket Comes Out of the Closet – December 10!

By L. Joy Williams

I have friends who make rallies and marches their hobby. They are experts in sign making and have special clothing including jackets with buttons that tell the story of every rally and protest they have ever participated in. I on the other hand have long ago packed away my protest jacket. Not because I disagree with the goals and merits of rallies and protests but simply because I have chosen a different path of civic action. But this Saturday, I will pull my protest jacket out of storage, put on some comfortable shoes and hit the streets to protest what is the greatest coordinated attack on voting rights since the dawn of the Jim Crow era.

Just this year alone, 34 state legislators have introduced voter suppression legislation with laws passing in 14 of those states and laws up for consideration soon in 8. New state laws such as voter ID requirements and eliminating or cutting early voting opportunities disproportionately impact people of color, students, seniors and immigrants. None of this is by accident. The attack on your right to vote has been guided by Charles and David Koch through their funding of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) who has convinced legislators to propose these oppressive laws. The Koch brothers have also contributed close to a quarter million dollars directly to candidates that support the suppression legislation.

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Shirley Chisholm’s Birthday Wish

By Glynda C. Carr

Almost 40 years ago, Shirley Chisholm boldly declared her candidacy for president and changed the face of leadership by challenging the status quo. She once said, “I am, was, and always will be a catalyst for change.”  She made an enormous impact on women (particularly Black women) and the way they perceived political power and leadership.

If she were alive today, November 30th would mark Chisholm’s 87th birthday.  A daughter of immigrants – who not only aspired to transform her community but a nation – became the quintessential leader that inspired a generation of women to think and lead boldly.

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