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najee ali & jussie smollett1

Najee Ali & Jussie Smollett

*Najee Ali, a Southern California based civil rights activist and CEO of Project Islamic Hope, calls for the arrest and prosecution of “Empire” star Jussie Smollet for lying and filing a false police report to Chicago police stating he was the victim of a hate crime by Donald Trump supporters.

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In a statement, Ali says:

“Jussie Smollett is nothing but a modern-day version of Tawana Brawley. In the era of Donald Trump where black people continue to fight police abuse, racial profiling and violence nationwide and our LBGTQ brother and sisters continue to struggle for acceptance for the way they choose to live their own lives, Smollett lies has and will have a very damaging effect on our community’s.

“His lies will only embolden Trump and all his MAGA supporters. Smollett’s actions and lies will make real incidents of racists attacks and homophobia much easier to immediate dismiss.

“Since Trump has taken office white people have become so embolden, they have attempted to stop black people from going into and sharing space at Starbucks, apartments, public parks, school dormitories, Napa Valley wine trains and public sidewalks.

“Black people and our LBGTQ brother and sisters are legitimately attacked because of their race and sexual orientation every day. For Smollett to lie helps continue to put our community in danger and at risk nationwide. Smollett must be held accountable for betraying the movement and the LBGTQ community. Our organization is calling for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Smollett.” — Najee Ali, CEO of Project Islamic Hope.

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Derrick Johnson

*WASHINGTON – The 2018-2019 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy Lecture Series, chaired by political strategist and author Donna Brazile, continues this week with its latest program: “Continuing Black History: Where Do We Go From Here?” The discussion features Derrick Johnson, president and chief executive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“Continuing Black History: Where Do We Go From Here?” takes place Thursday, February 7, on the first floor of the Interdisciplinary Research Building. The program begins at 5 p.m., with a reception immediately following. RSVP points available for attendees. All attendees must RSVP via email, to [email protected]

The executive committee of the NAACP National Board of Directors elected Johnson president and chief executive in 2017. Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors as well as state president for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP.

A veteran activist, Jonshon dedicated his career to defending the rights and improving the lives of Mississippians. As State President of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, he led critical campaigns for voting rights and equitable education. As a regional organizer at the Jackson-based non-profit, Southern Echo, Inc., Mr. Johnson provided legal, technical, and training support for communities across the South.

Born in Detroit, Johnson attended Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss. He continued to Houston where he earned a law degree from the South Texas College of Law. In later years, Johnson furthered his training through fellowships with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the George Washington University School of Political Management, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Johnson founded One Voice Inc. to improve the quality of life for African Americans through civic engagement training and initiatives. One Voice has spawned an annual Black Leadership Summit and the Mississippi Black Leadership Institute, a nine-month training program for community leaders.

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*With Atlanta’s vaunted Civil Rights legacy on display … Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., along with Andrew Young and John Lewis, participated in the opening coin toss of Super Bowl LIII this past Sunday (02-03-19).

Reverend Bernice King had the honor of actually tossing the coin. The Patriots captain called heads. The coin came up tails. The Patriots elected to defer.  Additionally, moments prior to the coin toss, the NFL ran video across the Halo Board of Martin Luther King Jr., along with excepts from his speeches. The video was also included in the live CBS game broadcast, reports

Civil Rights history was there in the form of Representative John Lewis (D), who represents Atlanta in Congress. Lewis is known for his role in Civil Rights protests, including the Selma, Ala. voting rights marches. Andrew Young, who was an aide to Martin Luther King Jr. , later served as United Nations ambassador during the Jimmy Carter administration, as a member of Congress and as mayor of Atlanta. Bernice King is CEO of the King Center in Atlanta, which works to carry on the work of her father.


*It’s been a little over a year since the boxing legend, all-time greatest Muhammad Ali departed from this world, leaving behind a legacy thousands of young athletes aspire to achieve today.

What made Muhammad Ali so influential in the history of sport wasn’t just his talent in boxing, he was a lot bigger than that.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with Ali and what makes him so great, here are some of the top timeless moments that gave us a glimpse of what he’s all about:

1. Unmatched speed
Muhammad Ali has been the quickest heavyweight boxer to ever step into the boxing ring. During the 60s, no one had ever seen heavyweights move with such agility and speed. Not only were his jabs lightening quick, but so were his reflexes, allowing him to be gracefully elusive against his opponents.

2. A never seen before return
It is next to impossible for elite level athletes to spring back into their sport after a long time of being out of the sport but Ali showed he wasn’t your usual athlete. No one would expect Tom Brady or Lebron James to be the best of the best once again after sitting out three and a half seasons. Ali however, returned to boxing after a lengthy lay off to face two of the top contenders at the time. He won against Oscar Bonavena and Jerry Quarry. He also fought the champion at the time Joe Frazier and gave him one hell of a fight.

3. Ali shows his fierce side
One of Ali’s opponents, Patterson told sports centre that it was a disgrace for sport and the nation for a black Muslim to be the word heavyweight champion. Ali brushed off Patterson’s trash talk with some of his own until he tortured Patterson, making him pay for excruciating 12 rounds.

Another opponent, Ernie Terrell would refer to Ali in the press as his previous name Cassius Clay. Ali hit him on the way to a decision and demanded “What’s my name?” repeatedly. Ali was always known for intimidating his opponents by getting under their skin.

4. Man of his words
Unlike the contemporary trash talking regimen surrounding the sport of boxing, Ali actually lived up to his words. When facing Henry Cooper, Ali predicted that he will knock him down in the fifth round. In the fourth round, Ali was caught by a big left hook and he fell flushed on the floor. He got right back up as the bell was sounded but still disoriented. But as predicted, in the fifth round, Ali unleashed a powerful blitz onto Cooper’s face and the fight was stopped.

*BALTIMORE – The NAACP, the nation’s foremost advocacy and civil rights organization, issued the following statement today regarding the White House’s position on, and the growing, divisive sentiment toward some professional athletes exercising their right of free speech:

Despite the recent memo from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that player should stand for the Star-Spangled Banner, the NAACP stands in complete solidarity with professional athletes exercising their right to demonstrate in whatever unified, dignified manner they see fit before major sporting contests, most notably choosing to kneel during the ritual singing of the National Anthem before games begin. African American athletes—and all U.S. athletes—have the same inalienable rights that all American citizens enjoy—the rights that so many throughout our history have sacrificed for. Most basic among these is the right to free speech and peaceful expression.

“The very idea that Jerry Jones, a highly respected team owner in the National Football League, would publicly declare that players on his team, the Dallas Cowboys, who do not stand for the singing of the anthem would not be permitted to take the field completely negates the issue that these individuals are hoping to illuminate via their public platforms: Wholly disproportionate incidences of police brutality and racial injustice towards people of color,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP interim president and CEO. “Secondly, the fact that the White House has actually gotten behind Jones’ assertion, and has encouraged the League to enact a rule mandating symbolic allegiance is unconscionable and, basically, un-American. We’re calling upon players’ associations across America’s leagues and sports to stand in defiance of any such proposed rule change.”

“It’s a saddening sentiment,” said Tony Covington, former NFL player and senior director of Corporate Affairs with the NAACP “for the league to assume that player’s daily lives are not affected by incidents of injustice impacting the communities they come from.”

“Players can be powerful role models for positive social change if properly educated on issues of social justice. There are models of what’s possible, as both the NBA and WNBA both have come out in support of unified player demonstrations that respect their player’s voices, rights and beliefs,” Covington continued. “The NAACP is hopeful that we can ally ourselves with the NFL and its players to ensure that in ‘the land of the free, and the home of the brave,’ all individuals’ rights and freedoms continue to be safeguarded.”

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

*Changes are being made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.

Soon, visitors will be able to get a closer look at the place where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in the spring of 1968.

The museum, which was the Loraine Hotel, opened to the public in 1991, is renovating and will soon be allowing access to the balcony where King was shot, according to the Associated Press.

Until recently, museum visitors could see the balcony — the museum is built around the two-story motel — but they couldn’t walk on it. When the new exhibit opens, visitors will be able to step onto the balcony, and there will also be a lift for disabled guests.

King stayed at the Lorraine Motel on several occasions. During his last visit there, he was in Memphis to support sanitation workers who were on strike.

An exhibit displaying where King’s assassin, James Earl Ray, shot at the civil rights leader will be open during the renovation, which is now open as well. The balcony exhibit is planned to open on Nov. 19.