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Thurgood Marshall Center Trust

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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THURGOOD MARSHALL CENTER TRUST

PRESENTS A FILM AND PANEL DISCUSSION ON WILMINGTON 10

Washington, DC - June 30, 2015 On Thursday, July 2, on what would be Thurgood Marshall's 107th birthday, the Thurgood Marshall Center Trust will screen the documentary film, "Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington 10." "Pardons of Innocence" recounts the turbulent history of desegregation from the late 1960s to 1971 as protestors fought for equal education for students of North Carolina's New Hanover Public Schools.

Following the movie, a distinguished group of panelists will discuss the film against the backdrop of the range of social and racial issues that is riling the United States. The event, is free and open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m., and takes place at the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, 1816 12th Street, NW.

The panel will be moderated by Civil Rights historian and labor activist Jamaal L. Craig. The other participants are Civil Rights leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., currently president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association; Harvard University professor Lani Guinier; Elaine Jones, former president/director-counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and James Ferguson, founder and president of Ferguson, Chambers & Sumpter, P.A.

About Thurgood Marshall: Marshall holds a special place in African-American history. Before he became this country's first black Supreme Court justice, he forged a stellar legal career as a lawyer, judge and Civil Rights activist.

In 1936, Marshall became the NAACP's chief legal counsel and founded the NAACP Legal Defense Fund four years later where he served as its first Director-Counsel. He was the key strategist and one of the lead attorneys in the decades-long effort to end racial segregation, and litigated a series of cases that would ultimately topple the pillars of segregation. As NAACP counsel, Marshall used the judiciary to bring about equality for African Americans, in an effort to ensure that blacks enjoyed all the rights and privileges of other Americans.

He argued "separate but equal" cases twice before the US Supreme Court in 1952 and 1953 and successfully challenged the law that legitimized "separate but equal" facilities for blacks and whites. In 1954, he and the NAACP legal team won the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, as the US Supreme Court ended racial segregation in public schools.

He was the first African American appointed to the US Supreme Court in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson and retired as Associate Justice in 1991.

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About Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington 10. The documentary film, produced by filmmaker Cash Michaels, details the labyrinthine road the activists had to travel to secure justice. After protests against an educational system that discriminated against black students, Wilmington, North Carolina authorities arrested 10 protestors: Chavis, eight black male students and a white female community organizer. A judge sentenced them to a total of 282 years in a sham trial for standing up for the rights of equal education for African-American students.

The protests by activists and hundreds of school children, led to an explosion of racial violence from white supremacists who drove through Wilmington's black community, where they shot and killed several innocent blacks and burned buildings, including a white-owned grocery store. The Wilmington 10 was charged with conspiracy in connection with the firebombing and shootings. In 1977, after years of failed appeals in North Carolina courts, three witnesses for the state recanted their stories and admitted perjuring themselves.

Then-Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt refused to pardon the group but commuted their sentences in 1978. In 1980, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions based on gross prosecutorial misconduct and a mélange of violations of the activists' constitutional rights. While the appeals court directed North Carolina officials to retry the defendants or dismiss all charges, the state dragged its feet for the next three decades.

In March 2011, the NNPA, at the urging of Wilmington Journal Publisher Mary Alice Thatch, voted to pursue pardons of innocence for the Wilmington Ten. Several NNPA stories after an examination of previously unseen court records by reporters, showed compelling evidence of prosecutorial corruption and mainstream publications such as the New York Times joined the chorus of demands that the Wilmington Ten be pardoned.

In 2013, outgoing Gov. Beverly Perdue granted pardons to each member of the Wilmington 10.

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NBCI Locates Nearly Sixty Thousand
  
  National Black Church Initiative
P.O. Box 65177 Washington DC 20035
202-744-0184
Contact:
Rev. Anthony Evans
202-744-0184
September 12, 2013
For immediate release
 
NBCI Locates Nearly Sixty Thousand
Complaints Against BB&T Among African
Americans in the Southeast
 
Phase 1 has ended Phase two begins in 30 days
National Black Religious Broadcasters Joins
Boycott
 
Black Church: Stop doing business at BB&T
Washington DC - The National Black Church Initiative, a coalition of 34,000 churches representing 15.7 million African American churchgoers, located 32,587 complaints against BB&T Bank throughout the Southeast United States. The findings, both surprising and shocking, are part of the first phase of a seven year boycott against BB&T Bank. The complaints alleged unethical behavior, unnecessary fees, online banking trickery, bad loans, rude personnel, and overall uneasiness concerning white personnel towards black customers. We plan to aggregate these findings and file them online over the next two months so the public can appreciate the breadth and scope of why NBCI has taken this extraordinary effort. We also plan to speak with state regulators in Georgia, Virginia, Florida, and throughout the southeast to publicize the findings.

Rev. Sheldon Williams, President of the National Black Religious Broadcasters declares "we are very much ready to work with Rev. Evans and the National Black Church Initiative on this important community social justice project. I have been training our religious broadcasters
throughout the Southeast how they can enhance and intensify this boycott. We are ready when Rev. Evans gives the go-ahead to employ out 10,000 broadcasters in this endeavor".

This represents the first phase of our Boycott against BB&T Bank. Phase two begins in 30 days which will substantially increase our online presence in order to educate and persuade the public not to do business with BB&T Bank. As a result of the 57,000 complaints, we have collected over 750,000 emails and created new software to send out information to these online contacts. With the power of ten friends for each contact we will have online presence of 7 million followers. We plan to concentrate in the footprint of the bank. In addition, we will establish a new tactical approach yet to be revealed that will galvanize the public concerning the negative banking approach that BB&T Bank has systematically applied to African Americans throughout the region.

The Rev Anthony Evans, President of NBCI, says "BB&T Bank's leadership thought that we had gone away and that this campaign had fizzled. But just the opposite is true. We have been quietly gathering the necessary information so that we can create a systematic retribution against the bank's treatment of African Americans. Our upcoming tactic will truly galvanize not only the 750,000 emails that we have collected, but ten times that size. We are ready to implement Phase 2 and it will come with a big moral bang."

DISCLAIMER: The poll conducted to arrive at these statistics is as a result of 20 years of experience from NBCI staff members in polling church members. We do not claim that this was a rigid scientific poll that covers and constitutes acceptable industry standards in polling. However, we are confident that the statistics we have arrived at in-house reflects the feelings of African American religious congregants who may or may not be a part of NBCI.

 About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI's mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI's programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.
 
NBCI Locates Nearly Sixty Thousand
  
  National Black Church Initiative
P.O. Box 65177 Washington DC 20035
202-744-0184
Contact:
Rev. Anthony Evans
202-744-0184
September 12, 2013
For immediate release
 
NBCI Locates Nearly Sixty Thousand
Complaints Against BB&T Among African
Americans in the Southeast
 
Phase 1 has ended Phase two begins in 30 days
National Black Religious Broadcasters Joins
Boycott
 
Black Church: Stop doing business at BB&T
Washington DC - The National Black Church Initiative, a coalition of 34,000 churches representing 15.7 million African American churchgoers, located 32,587 complaints against BB&T Bank throughout the Southeast United States. The findings, both surprising and shocking, are part of the first phase of a seven year boycott against BB&T Bank. The complaints alleged unethical behavior, unnecessary fees, online banking trickery, bad loans, rude personnel, and overall uneasiness concerning white personnel towards black customers. We plan to aggregate these findings and file them online over the next two months so the public can appreciate the breadth and scope of why NBCI has taken this extraordinary effort. We also plan to speak with state regulators in Georgia, Virginia, Florida, and throughout the southeast to publicize the findings.

Rev. Sheldon Williams, President of the National Black Religious Broadcasters declares "we are very much ready to work with Rev. Evans and the National Black Church Initiative on this important community social justice project. I have been training our religious broadcasters
throughout the Southeast how they can enhance and intensify this boycott. We are ready when Rev. Evans gives the go-ahead to employ out 10,000 broadcasters in this endeavor".

This represents the first phase of our Boycott against BB&T Bank. Phase two begins in 30 days which will substantially increase our online presence in order to educate and persuade the public not to do business with BB&T Bank. As a result of the 57,000 complaints, we have collected over 750,000 emails and created new software to send out information to these online contacts. With the power of ten friends for each contact we will have online presence of 7 million followers. We plan to concentrate in the footprint of the bank. In addition, we will establish a new tactical approach yet to be revealed that will galvanize the public concerning the negative banking approach that BB&T Bank has systematically applied to African Americans throughout the region.

The Rev Anthony Evans, President of NBCI, says "BB&T Bank's leadership thought that we had gone away and that this campaign had fizzled. But just the opposite is true. We have been quietly gathering the necessary information so that we can create a systematic retribution against the bank's treatment of African Americans. Our upcoming tactic will truly galvanize not only the 750,000 emails that we have collected, but ten times that size. We are ready to implement Phase 2 and it will come with a big moral bang."

DISCLAIMER: The poll conducted to arrive at these statistics is as a result of 20 years of experience from NBCI staff members in polling church members. We do not claim that this was a rigid scientific poll that covers and constitutes acceptable industry standards in polling. However, we are confident that the statistics we have arrived at in-house reflects the feelings of African American religious congregants who may or may not be a part of NBCI.

 About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI's mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI's programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.
 
Institute of the Black World (IBW) Calls for Economic Sanctions Against Florida

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wed, July 17, 2013

Contact: Don Rojas

Email: donjbrojas@gmail.com

Tel: 410-844-1031

Institute of the Black World (IBW) Calls for Economic Sanctions Against Florida

Group Seeks Justice in Memory of Trayvon Martin

 (New York)—The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a prominent human rights and racial justice organization, is calling today for the immediate formation of a “National Coalition of Conscience” to declare an economic boycott of Florida as one means of seeking justice for slain Trayvon Martin.

 Responding to the travesty of the George Zimmerman verdict, Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), said that his group “is strongly urging civil rights and human rights organizations, national faith groups, fraternities, sororities, black professional organizations, organized labor, community-based organizations and people of conscience everywhere to join in a massive, sustained campaign to boycott tourism in Florida until that state’s ‘Stand Your Ground law’ is changed.”

The idea of economic sanctions is gaining traction. Music legend Stevie Wonder has already announced his intention to boycott Florida, saying two days ago in Canada that “until the Stand Your Ground Law is abolished, I will never perform there again.” IBW hopes other artists and entertainers will follow Stevie Wonder’s example.

 Daniels notes that Florida is a prime convention location for national organizations like the NAACP, which is holding its annual convention in Orlando this week. The National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA) held their Mid-Winter Conference in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year and Black Enterprise is slated to host the annual Pepsi Golf and Tennis Challenge in Palm Beach Gardens over the Labor Day Weekend.

In addition, the nationally famous Disney World amusement complex is a favorite destination of African Americans. “There is no doubt that Black people spend billions of dollars in Florida every year,” said Daniels. “Perhaps, we should abstain from having ‘fun in the sun’ with Minnie and  Mickey until we achieve justice for Trayvon Martin and all the Trayvons across this nation.  It will be a teachable moment for our children.”

Dr. Daniels indicated that IBW will be reaching out to hip hop activist Jasiri X and the 100 Young Black Activists organization in hopes that they might launch a “message from the grassroots” dimension of the economic sanctions campaign to galvanize the engagement of young people of all races and ethnicities across the country.”

 He noted that Dr. Martin Luther King’s instructions to Black people in a rarely referenced part of the speech delivered the night before he was killed should serve as a guide for the Justice for Trayvon Martin Economic Sanctions Campaign. In discussing the injustices suffered by the sanitation workers in Memphis, Dr. King said, “now we must kind of redistribute the pain.”

 In a similar vein, Dr. Daniels advocates that “Blacks and all people of conscience and good will should inflict some non-violent pain on the state of Florida and keep inflicting it until business leaders and the politicians scream for help and plead for the economic sanctions to be lifted.”

 IBW believes that the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, is an ideal occasion to invoke this aspect of Martin Luther King’s spirit.

 “We fervently encourage the ‘beloved community’ that King gave his life for to utilize economic sanctions to demand a change in the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida,” said Daniels.

 
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National Black Church Initiative
P.O. Box 65177 Washington DC 20035
202-744-0184
www.naltblackchurch.com

Contact:
Rev. Anthony Evans
202-744-0184

June 21, 2013
For Immediate Release

National Black Church Initiative and Autism Speaks Partner
to Reduce Age of Autism Diagnosis
Collaboration seeks to reduce racial disparities and improve access to care

Washington DC - The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans churchgoers, and Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced their new collaboration seeking to reduce the average age of diagnosis and to increase access to high-quality early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the African American community. The collaboration will be piloted in 150 churches in the greater Atlanta area as part of the Autism Speaks Early Access to Care initiative Outreach into these congregations will increase awareness of the signs of autism and inform congregants, their extended families, and community of available resources and services.

"Studies clearly demonstrate that signs of autism can emerge as early as 6 to 12 months and that there are effective tools to screen children for autism risk as early as one year and to provide a reliable diagnosis as early as 24 months," stated Autism Speaks Assistant Director of Public Health Research Amy Daniels, Ph.D. "Yet children in the African American community are typically diagnosed even much later than the four to five years of age which is the average age of autism diagnosis in the United States according to the CDC."

While early detection is critical to initiate early intervention therapies for optimal outcomes, many parents have very little knowledge about autism and its symptoms. When children with ASD are treated with appropriate early intervention services between the ages of three and five years, approximately 20 to 50 percent of those children may be able to be mainstreamed.

"NBCI is honored to work with Autism Speaks on this critical health issue, which hits close to home for the African American community. Racial disparities in early detection and access to care and diagnostic information are a real concern for the black church, and NBCI pledges to serve as a tireless advocate and community leader to raise awareness on these issues. We look
forward to working with issue experts at Autism Speaks and our Atlanta member churches in the
coming weeks and months for the sake of our children's' well-being."

Through this collaboration, Autism Speaks will provide written and other collateral materials
which can be used by these churches to help their congregations understand developmental
milestones and the possible signs of autism.

Parents will be provided information regarding standardized screening tools used to assess if a
child is at risk for ASD and provide guidance to parents on how to speak with their health care
provider. Information provided by Autism Speaks will be given on where and who to contact for
further evaluation and early intervention services. Children under age three years are eligible for
evaluation provided at no cost through the state's early intervention office. Local Atlanta-based
resources include Babies Can't Wait, the Marcus Autism Center (www.marcus.org/), the Emory
Autism Center (www.psychiatry.emory.edu/PROGRAMS/autism) and the CDC.

Should a diagnosis of ASD follow, parents can find extensive information on the Autism Speaks
website - starting with the Resource Guide which helps families find links to local services and
then through a series of Tool Kits that offer guidance from the first 100 days after a diagnosis
through adulthood.

"We continue to make significant progress in autism research," added Chief Science Officer
Robert H. Ring, Ph.D. "It is critically important to put science into action, to have the research
we support work for the community and make a real difference in people's lives. We hope to
make a significant difference by substantially lowering the age of diagnosis for so many children
at risk."

Following this pilot phase in Atlanta, Autism Speaks and NBCI will assess progress and
outcomes before expanding it to other regions across the United States. For more information
about the Autism Speaks/NBCI collaboration visit http://www.naltblackchurch.com/ and for
information about the Autism Speaks Early Access to Care initiative, visit:
About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative is a coalition of 34,000 churches working to eradicate
racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI's
mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches
and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn
economic and social issues. NBCI's programs are governed by credible statistical analysis,
science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at
www.naltblackchurch.com.
 
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