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Black Woman, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Developed the Scientific Approach to the Coronavirus Vaccine
December 24, 2020
“The very vaccine that’s one of the two that has absolutely exquisite levels – 94 to 95 percent efficacy against clinical disease and almost 100 percent efficacy against serious disease that are shown to be clearly safe – that vaccine was actually developed in my institute’s vaccine research center by a team of scientists led by Dr. Barney Graham and his close colleague, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, or Kizzy Corbett,” Dr. Fauci stated. ... read more »
New Cal NAACP Chief Appoints Sac Woman Executive Director
December 17, 2020
The new president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) California-Hawaii State Conference is keeping in step with a national movement making strides to level the playing field for Black women -- long underrepresented in both private and public sector leadership roles. Like organizations and companies around the country, California’s conference of the oldest civil rights organization in the country is leading by increasing professional opportunities and offering critical career support for Black women. ... read more »
Black Women Leaders to Sen. Feinstein: Give Up Your Own Seat for Sec. Padilla
December 10, 2020
Black women leaders have a recommendation for Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior U.S. Senator: consider giving up your own seat so that California Secretary of State Alex Padilla can fill it. Their call is to appoint a Black Woman with political experience and a track record of success – someone who will be ready on day one to serve.   ... read more »
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Remembering Walter Scott Hawkins, Data Researcher, Scholar and Black Students Advocate
December 3, 2020
Walter Scott Hawkins was a California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) administrator for 33 years where he was a champion of providing minority students the tools they needed to succeed academically. Hawkins passed away on Nov. 18. He was 72 years old. ... read more »
Planning for the Worst: Black Californians Among Groups State Is Targeting for Emergency Preparedness
September 24, 2020
Black Americans were already in the midst of two disasters this year – the disproportionate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and a spate of horrifying incidents of police brutality -- when fire season in California started early. Wildfires have burned over 3.1 million acres in California since the beginning of the year, breaking the record for the deadliest year of wildfires in the state, according to CalFire. ... read more »
Police Group Places Gun Target on Image of Black Elected Official
September 17, 2020
America is still healing from several violent murders of unarmed Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement officers across the country. But that climate in the country, volatile and fraught with distrust and disagreement, did not stop members of the California Correctional Peace Officer Association (CCPOA) from placing a gun target on the photo of a Black lawmaker in California. ... read more »
Declaration of Principles for the Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks
September 17, 2020
"And so this march must go beyond this historic moment. We must support the strong. We must give courage to the timid. We must remind the indifferent, and we must warn the opposed. Civil rights, which are God-given and constitutionally guaranteed, are not negotiable in 1963.” – National Urban League President Whitney M. Young, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Justice ... read more »
When Will We Talk About Black Fear (Instead of a Fear of Black People)?
September 10, 2020
Two emotions, love and rage, seem to be commonly used to frame historical Black political and social public actions.  On the one hand, narratives of Black resistance and radical action are often popularly framed in terms of us having endured too much or simply being fed up with a society that refuses to offer racial equality.  ... read more »
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Lyft Forms Partnership with Black Organizations to Provide Accessible Transportation
August 27, 2020
Ridesharing app Lyft announced an initiative that would provide 1.5 million rides to make transportation accessible to underserved communities. The company joined forces with 11 organizations including The National Urban League, Black Women’s Roundtable and the NAACP. ... read more »
NAACP Sues U.S. Education Secretary Over COVID-19 School Money
August 10, 2020
The NAACP formally filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C., accusing DeVos of illegally changing the rules for allocating $13.2 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) money to benefit wealthy private k-12 schools. ... read more »
Fight for Uber and Lyft Drivers to Remain Their Own Bosses Heats Up as November Vote Approaches
August 6, 2020
As the general election in November gets closer, rideshare and app-based delivery drivers are rounding up support to defeat a ballot initiative that will decide the fate of app-based work in California.   ... read more »
National Urban League, BET and Key Impact Partners Declare September 18 National Black Voter Day
July 30, 2020
As part of the organization’s #ReclaimYourVote campaign, the National Urban League, in partnership with BET and other key civil rights organizations, has designated September 18, 2020, the first-ever National Black Voter Day. ... read more »
NAACP Announces Virtual March on Washington to Channel Momentum for Police Accountability and Voter Mobilization
July 23, 2020
The virtual march -- which will bring forward a bold National Black agenda -- will take place on August 28th, 2020, the 57th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. Accompanying virtual events with music performances and keynote speakers will also take place on the nights of August 27th and 28th.   ... read more »
Three African Americans Step Into Top California Leadership Roles
June 25, 2020
Yolanda Richardson and Adetokunbo “Toks” Omishakin, are officially assuming their roles as state government executives in Sacramento at at time when the state is implementing deep cuts to its fiscal year 2020-21 budget in response to the global COVID-19 crisis. ... read more »
California State Capitol Goes Black … Red and Green to Mark Juneteenth
June 25, 2020
The state of California  started recognizing Juneteenth or Black “Freedom Day,” marking the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, back in 2003 as an official state observance. That was 17 years before Juneteenth became a household word across the United States this year.  ... read more »
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