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AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FUND ANNOUNCES

                                                                                                        

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       

Media Contacts:

DeAnne Bradley                                                                   Lydia Sermons

Mopwater Social PR                                                             Executive Director, AAEF

646-770-3186; Deanne@mopwaterpr.com                    301-526-0374; lsermons@nationalparks.org 

Amanda Miller Littlejohn

Mopwater Social PR

202-812-8893; Amanda@mopwaterpr.com 

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FUND ANNOUNCES

2013 ANNUAL AWARDS GALA - "CELEBRATING LEGACIES"

WASHINGTON (April 9, 2013) - The African American Experience Fund (AAEF) of the National Park Foundation (NPF), will host their Annual Awards Gala, "CELEBRATING LEGACIES: Visionary Leaders & Landmarks," on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, including a reception at 5:30 pm, dinner and awards ceremony at 6:45 pm and a live performance by Grammy nominee jazz recording artist Gerald Veasley and Band at 9:00 pm.

  

AAEF's 2013 honorees are: Congressman James E. Clyburn (South Carolina) who authored legislation to preserve and protect the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor through our national parks; Julieanna L. Richardson, founder of The HistoryMakers (owners of the largest collection of digital stories of African Americans who have made history); and Shelton Johnson, interpretive ranger at Yosemite National Park and historian on the Buffalo Soldiers.

  

Past honorees include: Congressman John Lewis; General Colin Powell; Ambassador Andrew Young; the Little Rock Nine, historian (late) John Hope Franklin; civil rights attorney Fred Gray, African American Civil War Memorial and Museum founder Dr. Frank Smith, Jr.; the Walt Disney Company (Robert Billingslea); Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Marian Wright Edelman and Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first African American woman astronaut.

  

Proceeds from the Gala support the AAEF and grants to national African American historic sites for student internships, educational programs, youth programs and community events. AAEF is a program of the National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service. AAEF is the only national partner that makes charitable contributions and provides program support to sites across the country to preserve the full spectrum of African American history, and to ensure these untold and under-told extraordinary stories are told to future generations. AAEF has contributed more than $1.3 million in grants to national park heritage sites over the past 11 years.

  

More than 300 guests attend this event annually: civil rights, business and academic leaders; Congressional members, White House staff, US Interior Dept. and Nat'l Park Service officials, youth, and journalists.

  

To purchase tickets, please visit: http://aaexperience.org/connect/news/aaef's-annual-awards-gala-save-date

  

About AAEF:

The African American Experience Fund (AAEF) was established in 2001, as a program of the National Park Foundation (NPF), a Washington, DC - based Foundation chartered by Congress as the official non- profit partner of the National Park Service. AAEF supports and preserves African American history and historic sites in our national parks, including 23 national landmark sites such as the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Boston African American National Historic Site, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and Gullah Geechee National Cultural Heritage Corridor. For a list of all sites and more information on AAEF visit: www.aaexperience.org.

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NBCI Lends Its 34,000 Church Coalition to Overturn

Stand Your Ground Law in Florida
Black Church Vows to Get Job Done by Any Means Necessary Democratically

 

Washinnbci_leadergton, 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 has authorized 3500 black churches in Florida to work with Representative Alan Williams to overturn the Stand Your Ground Law.

 

The most important living memorial for Trayvon Martin, his family, and every black youth in Florida and across the country is for the church to use its extraordinary power to overturn and kill the Stand Your Ground Law. This law has caused great legal complications for prosecutors.

 

The Rev. Anthony Evans said, "From the time this incident has happened, we have vowed to bring justice for our little black boys and we will not stop until it is done by any means necessary- non-violence."

 

Florida Democratic State Rep. Alan Williams has introduced a bill in the legislature that would do away with the Stand Your Ground defense, which law enforcement personnel and district attorneys have said makes their job harder in prosecuting shootings. Many believe the Florida legislature won't overturn the law, but changes have been bandied about by the Republican majority, which is a good thing...The death of Trayvon exposed the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a shadowy, corporate-funded group that has been one of the leading forces behind stand-your-ground laws. Once the light hit them, their involvement in other issues, such as voter ID laws, was made public."[1]

 

 

 

 

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.

 

National Black Church Initiative

P.O. Box 65177

Washington DC 20035
202-744-0184


dcbci2002@gmail.com

www.naltblackchurch.com

 


Contact:

Rev. Anthony Evans

202-744-0184

March 13, 2013

For Immediate Release

 

 
THE NATIONAL BLACK CHURCH INITIATIVE

 

 

Washington, D.C.-The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of 34,000 African American churches spanning 15 denominations and representing 15.7 million African Americans denounces the decision made by Gallaudet University officials to suspend Dr. Angela McCaskill
for signing the petition to put the marriage referendum on the ballot. Dr. McCaskill was expressing her constitutional right on Question 6. Even though Dr. McCaskill has not made her opinions known on the issue of same-sex marriage, the actions taken against her amount to an unconstitutional witch hunt against those of us who dare to stand up for their faith. This bullying is a form of religious McCarthyism. NBCI believes that if Question 6 is passed such intimidation will only get worse.

 

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) will hold a rally to protest the suspension of Dr. Angela McCaskill. Dr. McCaskill was suspended when she exercised her rights by signing the petition to put the marriage referendum on the ballot. NBCI stands with Angela McCaskill and demand that she be reinstated immediately.

 

12 pm; October 25, 2012

 

In front of Gallaudet University

 

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative

 

About NBCI NBCI is a coalition of 34,000 African American 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.

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Rev._Anthony_Evans

National Black Church Initiative

 

P.O. Box 65177
Washington, DC 20035

 

 202-744-0184
dcbci2002@gmail.com  
www.naltblackchurch.com

 

  

Contact: Rev. Anthony Evans

Telephone: 202-744-0184

 

October 23, 2012 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

  

THE NATIONAL BLACK CHURCH INITIATIVE

TO HOLD RALLY 
 
                          URGING GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY LEADERS

                                                     TO REINSTATE DR. 
 
                                                  ANGELA MCCASKILL

 

 
NBCI DENOUNCE GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY

National Black Church Initiative
P.O. Box 65177

Washington, DC

202-744-0184

www.naltblackchurch.com

dcbci2002@gmail.com

                                                                                                                       
Contact:

Rev. Anthony Evans 

202-744-0184

October 19, 2012


For Immediate Release

The National Black Church Initiative

Denounce Gallaudet University and the

Washington Blade as Racist and

Religious Bigots

 

The Black Church stands with our Christian Sister Angela McCaskill

 

Washington, D.C.-The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of 34,000 African American churches spanning 15 denominations and representing 15.7 million African Americans denounce Gallaudet University and the Washington Blade for punishing Ms. Angela McCaskill who is African American for expressing her constitutional right on Question 6 whether to accept same sex marriage or not in the State of Maryland. Ms. McCaskill says that it conflicts with her Christian faith so she signed a petition to put it on the ballot which is her constitutional right as an American to do so. She also exercised her right as a Christian to oppose gay marriage and her employer Gallaudet University placed her on administrative leave. These actions that were taken against her are not only unconstitutional, but amounts to a witch hunt against those of us who dare to stand up for our faith. This is a form of religious McCarthyism – Nazism being applied especially to African Americans who are Christians as an intimidation tactic.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says, “I am ashamed, appalled and outraged that we have reached this level in society where you can no longer practice your religious beliefs because a small immoral community (gays) has successfully persuaded a vocal minority that opposing gay marriage is un-American. This type of witch hunt amounts to McCarthyism. I am happy to note however, that some, not all in the gay community have denounced Gallaudet University unconstitutional actions against Angela McCaskill. I want this Christian sister to know that the Black Church will stand up for her and we will get her job back and we will defeat gay marriage in Maryland. I am calling on the ACLU and the NAACP to file a human rights and a discrimination complaint against Gallaudet University. NBCI will launch demonstrations in front of the Washington Blade and Gallaudet University over the course of the next two weeks. Just for the record, the black church supported and marched with our hearing -impaired brothers and sisters during their self-determination demonstrations some fifteen years ago. Now they are persecuted us’’

 Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz announced Angela McCaskill’s was placed on leave in a statement Wednesday. Hurwitz says McCaskill for “participating in a legislative initiative that some feel is inappropriate” for someone in her position. Gallaudet is the nation’s leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing. McCaskill lives in Maryland, where voters will decide in November whether to approve a state law legalizing gay marriage. The referendum was placed on the ballot by opponents of same-sex unions. McCaskill’s signature on the petition was disclosed in July by the Washington Blade.

 About NBCI

NBCI is a coalition of 34,000 African American 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. The National Black Church Initiative’s methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. The National Black Church Initiative's purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. 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.

 

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Rev._Anthony_Evans 

 
Black Women’s Roundtable Shifts the Focus to the

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Edrea Davis

PHONE: 770.961.6200

EMAIL: edmedia@dogonvillage.com

Sept. 4, 2012

 

Black Women’s Roundtable Shifts the Focus to the

Issues and Voting Power of Black Women at the

Republican and Democratic Conventions

 

Washington, DC - In their continuing efforts to make Black women’s issues a top priority and remind elected officials and candidates of the voting power of Black women, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtable co-hosted round table discussions in conjunction with the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, FL, and this week at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC.

 

At the Charlotte Convention Center Black Women’s Roundtable joined with Higher Heights for America to co-host, “Harnessing Black Women's Political Power: The Chisholm Effect 40 Years in the Making,” a celebration and discussion about the power of the sister vote.

 

Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference, opened the session delivering an electrifying speech outlining the historic run of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and chiding leaders for, 40 years after Chisholm’s run, not properly recognizing the power of the black women’s vote.

 

Reminding people of the Pew Research findings that the surge in black voter participation in 2008 was driven by increased participation among black women, Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the NCBCP and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable said, “We’re celebrating the phenomenal power of the sister vote. Black women are getting their swagger back in 2012. They’re not just getting themselves prepared to vote, they are making sure their family, friends and neighbors are prepared to cast a ballot that counts in this very important election.”

 

Campbell adds, “Black women are leaders in turning out our community; our issues should be a top priority for elected officials and we need to see Black women appointed to powerful positions.”

 

Other participants in the DNC conversation included: Rev. Leah Daughtry, President CEO of On These Thing, LLC and Former CEO of 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee; Clayola Brown, President of A. Philip Randolph Institute; Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD; Dr. E Faye Williams, National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women; and Glynda C. Carr, Co-Founder of Higher Heights for America and co-host of the DNC round table.

 

Over 30 Florida leaders joined national leaders for a more intimate discussion about the continuing economic crisis, criminal justice reform, and voter suppression tactics, during RNC round table held at St. Petersburg's Center for Community and Economic Justice. In addition to the conversation, Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, provided information and tools like the 866 OUR-VOTE hotline, to help the women educate their constituents, organizations and community members in countering the rampant black voter disenfranchisement in Florida.  

 

The lively discussion was co-convened by Salandra Benton, chair, Florida Coalition for Black Civic Participation; Dr. Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, president and CEO, Center for Community and Economic Justice; Gypsy Gallardo, publisher, Power Broker Magazine; and Dr. Elsie Scott, president and CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Participants included: Jessica Brown, national field director, Black Youth Vote; Chloe Choney, district director for Congresswoman Kathy Castor; and Shahra Anderson, regional Director for Senator Bill Nelson.

BWR is an intergenerational women’s network of the NCBCP, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in Black and underserved communities and developing new leaders. For more information visit www.ncbcp.org.

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The National Black Church Initiative has Ordered Security for Rev. Anthony Evans in Light of the Shooting at the Family Research Council

National Black Church Initiative
P.O. Box 65177

Washington, DC 20035
202-744-0184
dcbci2002@gmail.com    

 www.naltblackchurch.com 

                                                                                                                       
Contact:

Rev. Anthony Evans

202-744-0184

 

August 29, 2012


For Immediate Release  

 

The National Black Church Initiative has Ordered Security for Rev.

Anthony Evans in Light of the Shooting at the Family Research

 Council

 

NBCI Expresses its Sincere Sorrow to the Victim that was Shot

 

Washington, D.C.- The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of 34,000 African American churches spanning 15 denominations and representing 15.7 million African Americans and its board of directors have ordered security for NBCI President Rev. Anthony Evans because of the NBCI stance against same-sex marriage. The shooting underscores the violence that has plagued the same-sex marriage debate.  The security measures are necessary to protect Rev. Evans and the NBCI stance for Christ and against same-sex marriage. 

 

Ms. Debra Coley-Bagley, chair of NBCI's Board of Directors says, "Rev. Evans is a brave Christian clergy who stands on the Word of God, and we would hate for him to be harmed by the forces of evil that support same-sex marriage.  We do, however, commend leaders of the gay community who have denounced the shooting of the staff member at the Family Research Council."

 

About NBCI

NBCI is a coalition of 34,000 African American 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. The National Black Church Initiative's methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. The National Black Church Initiative's purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. 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.


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Rev. Anthony Evans 
President
National Black Church Initiative
Baby Fund Project
P.O. Box 65177
Washington, DC 20035
202-744-0184 
www.naltblackchurch.com 


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