NAACP suggests removal of battle flag from Alabama trooper uniforms

July 15, 2015 in News

(AP) An Alabama chapter of the NAACP says it’s time to remove the Confederate battle flag from state troopers’ uniforms and patrol vehicles. Rev. Robert Shanklin of the NAACP’s Huntsville […]

NAACP calls for Mississippi to remove Confederate sign from flag

July 15, 2015 in News

(AP) The NAACP is calling on Mississippi legislators to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, days after South Carolina removed a stand-alone Confederate banner from its Capitol […]

‘A setback’: Activists fret about Rachel Dolezal impact

June 17, 2015 in News

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Civil rights leaders in this largely white city that lies between the Cascade and Rocky mountains are worried that the ruse perpetrated by […]

AP analysis: Mississippi NAACP challenge to county elections ruled moot

May 27, 2014 in Editorials, News, Opinion

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court decision that gives counties in the South the power to draw their own election boundaries without federal oversight has raised fears that […]

FBI helping investigate ‘racial hate crime’ at Ole Miss integration statue

February 19, 2014 in News

OXFORD, Mississippi (AP) — The FBI on Tuesday was helping investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who, in 1962, […]

NAACP preparing committee to search for new CEO

September 10, 2013 in News, Top Stories

By BRETT ZONGKER
Associated Press
(AP) WASHINGTON – The NAACP’s board is forming a search committee to find the next president and CEO for the nation’s largest civil rights organization, its chairwoman said Monday.

Chairwoman Roslyn Brock said during a conference call that she expects the change in leadership to be an orderly transition. Outgoing NAACP President Benjamin Jealous also used the call to elaborate on his desire to spend time with his children, a reason he cited in his announcement the previous day. His departure is effective Dec. 31.

Brock says the board is disappointed Jealous is leaving after five years during which he was credited with boosting the organization’s finances and increasing stability…

NAACP names Opera Singer Jessye Norman as 98th Spingarn Medalist

July 30, 2013 in Entertainment, National Entertainment, News

The NAACP Board of Directors awarded opera singer and honorary UN Ambassador Jessye Norman the 98th Spingarn Medal, the Association’s highest honor. Norman became the 98th recipient of the award, and she was honored during the NAACP National Convention in Orlando July 17 at the annual Spingarn Dinner.

“Jessye Norman is a true inspiration,” stated Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “Her work embodies the power of music and its ability to serve as the soundtrack to our movement for social justice.”

The Spingarn Medal, first instituted in 1914 by then NAACP Chairman Joel E. Spingarn, is awarded to an American of African descent who has demonstrated outstanding and noble achievement during the preceding years.

DOJ to launch hate crime inquiry in case of George Zimmerman

July 15, 2013 in News, The Buzz, Top Stories

Although he is said to be in hiding after his acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, trouble for George Zimmerman appears to be far from over.

The Justice Department said Sunday that it was restarting its investigation into Martin’s death in 2012 to consider possible separate hate crime charges against Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Martin was acquitted of all charges by a jury late Saturday.