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  • Mississippi Murder Charge Against Pregnant Teen Dismissed

    2014/04/04 – Yesterday, April 3, 2014, Mississippi Lowndes County Circuit Judge, Jim Kitchens, dismissed the murder charge against Rennie Gibbs. Ms. Gibbs, now 24, was charged with “depraved heart” murder after experiencing a stillbirth at 36 weeks of pregnancy. She was then only 16 years old. Relying on the medical examiner’s report in Ms. Gibbs’… Read more

  • Prison Reform Bill’s Effectiveness Questioned

    2014/04/03 - Legislators may have stunted their effort to reduce prison costs by passing the latest version of HB 585 and sending it to the governor. House Bill 585 increases drug-trafficking penalties for anyone convicted of having at least a kilogram of marijuana with 10 to 40 years in prison. State law originally prosecuted people with… Read more

  • ACT-SO Students Prepare for Nationals in Las Vegas

    2014/03/26 –  Eight students from Central Mississippi are heading to the Entertainment Capitol of the World for their chance to compete in the National ACT-SO Competition July 17-20, 2014 during the National NAACP Convention.  Five Jackson Public School students, one student from Yazoo City and Pearl High Schools, and one student from the Mississippi School… Read more

  • Schools Woefully Unprepared for Common Core

    2014/03/24 – Mississippi legislators and the Mississippi Department of Education are making big plans to align Mississippi students behind a new national education standard this year.  Unfortunately, the same state leaders are sticking to the equally longstanding Mississippi tradition of cutting the endeavor off at its knees. “Although we agree that there needs to be… Read more

  • Worst State Laws Coming from Out of State

    2014/03/19 – Last month, the now infamous Senate Bill 2681 came loping out of the Senate like a clown with a chainsaw, promising to give business-owners the right to discriminate against customers who might be homosexual or of a different religion.  It terrified most of the state’s sane population by resembling the beginning stages of… Read more

  • Plugging the School-to-Prison Pipeline

    2014/03/19 – Education advocates looked at ways to plug the School to Prison Pipeline that they say is destroying the lives of minority students in the state. U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson held a forum and panel discussion on the crisis at Tougaloo College. Educators, U.S. Justice Department officials, the NAACP, parents and students had an… Read more

  • State’s Teacher Incentives System Undermines Poor School Districts

    2014/03/13 - School leaders say a state program geared to steer teachers to anemic school districts suffering devastating teacher shortages is getting abused by affluent districts to fill their already swelling ranks. “The way it looks on paper, only 30-percent of the teachers that are eligible to go into critical shortage areas and benefit from these… Read more

  • Anti-Union Bills Course Through House

    2014/03/07 – State lawmakers are looking to stamp out organized labor with the passage of a series of bills that clamp down on traditional union organizing and picketing procedures. Senate Bill 2653 will attempt to restrict workers picketing outside a business that commits some labor infraction upon its workers by making it easier for the… Read more

  • Black Family Summit Emphasizes Black Male Presence in MS & Honors the Legacy of Mayor Lumumba

    2014/03/06 - You are invited to the second annual Black Family Summit during March 18‐19, 2014 at the Mississippi e‐Center at Jackson State University.  This year’s theme is “Reclaiming, Restoring, and Preserving the Black Male Presence in Mississippi.”  The Summit will feature discussions on the Influence of Grandfathers on Family Stability, Beyond the Ballgame: Athletes and… Read more

  • Legislature Lays Egg, then Scrambles It A Review of SB 2681: Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    2014/03/06 – Mississippi barely saved itself from a monster.  It happened hours before Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer caved to pressure and shot down an infamous “freedom to discriminate” bill designed to give legal protection to business owners who refuse service to customers they find religiously offensive.  Brewer caved after a volley of threats from the… Read more

  • Voter ID Out to Hurt Your Vote in 2014

    2014/02/03 - Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann can’t contain his glee these days, now that voters will have to start showing photo ID at the polls in June during party primaries for U.S. House and Senate races. “We are pleased our Circuit Clerks were prepared to get an early start issuing free Mississippi Voter ID… Read more

  • Grammy-Award Winning Artist and Activist John Legend launches Partnership with the NAACP

    2013/11/20 – Grammy-Award winning artist and activist John Legend launched a partnership with the NAACP to promote voting rights efforts across the country and help register eligible concert goers to vote. The partnership kicked off at John’s concert in Durham, North Carolina, where he asked his fans to join him in taking a stand for… Read more

  • Attorney General Holder Strikes at Voter Discrimination

    2013/08/01 – He said he’d do it, and he did it. United States Attorney General Eric Holder took the first step in walking back the damage done when a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act last month. Holder announced that the Justice Department will be asking a federal court… Read more

  • Bleak Future Ahead Without Intervention of VRA

    2013/07/17 — Want to know what democracy in America will look like now that the conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court have effectively neutered the historic Voting Rights Act?  Panelists at the NAACP’s 104th annual convention were easily able to provide some terrifying examples. “In the past two years there have been more constitutional… Read more

  • Between the Lines of the Voting Rights Act Opinion

    2013/06/25 — The decision in Shelby County v. Holder revolves around Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which establishes a “coverage formula” to determine which states and local governments fall under Section 5, and therefore need to get approval before changing their voting laws. The justices ruled that Section 4 is unconstitutional, and that… Read more

  • MS NAACP Responds to SCOTUS Decision on Voting Rights Act

    2013/06/25 – The Mississippi State Conference of NAACP is deeply disturbed by the recent 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court striking Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA).  Section 4 established the formula that determines which state and local governments must comply with the Section 5 Preclearance requirement of the VRA.  Today,… Read more

  • Supreme Court Shreds Key Provision of the Voting Rights Act

    2013/06/25 — In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down the critical Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Supreme Court upheld the Justice Department’s ability to oversee the voting statutes of counties that have historically restricted the rights of racial minorities, but the high court struck down the map that was… Read more

  • NAACP Pleased with SCOTUS Ruling Regarding the National Voting Rights Act

    2013/06/17 — (WASHINGTON) In a 7-2 split, SCOTUS Upheld the NVRA in the Arizona v. ITCA Decision. Today the NAACP released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling that Arizona’s proof of citizenship requirement is preempted by the federal law requiring states use the federal voter registration form: “State government should encourage voting,… Read more

  • Hinds Voters to Use New Optical Scanner Machines This Fall

    2013/04/02 – Hinds County this fall will use a digital voting system in which residents mark a paper ballot, but officials say that’s not a step backward. The optical scanner machines made by Omaha-based Election Systems and Software, used by the state’s 81 other counties, will replace Hinds County’s decade-old, touch-screen system. County leaders say it… Read more

  • The 2013 Inauguration of President Obama

    2013/01/21 – Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama was sworn in for four more years Sunday in a simple ceremony at the White House, embarking on a second-term quest to restore a still-shaky economy and combat terrorists overseas while swearing an age-old oath to “preserve, protect and defend” the Constitution. “I did it,” a smiling president… Read more

  • Mississippi Murder Charge Against Pregnant Teen Dismissed

    2014/04/04 – Yesterday, April 3, 2014, Mississippi Lowndes County Circuit Judge, Jim Kitchens, dismissed the murder charge against Rennie Gibbs. Ms. Gibbs, now 24, was charged with “depraved heart” murder after experiencing a stillbirth at 36 weeks of pregnancy. She was then only 16 years old. Relying on the medical examiner’s report in Ms. Gibbs’… Read more

  • Prison Reform Bill’s Effectiveness Questioned

    2014/04/03 - Legislators may have stunted their effort to reduce prison costs by passing the latest version of HB 585 and sending it to the governor. House Bill 585 increases drug-trafficking penalties for anyone convicted of having at least a kilogram of marijuana with 10 to 40 years in prison. State law originally prosecuted people with… Read more

  • ACT-SO Students Prepare for Nationals in Las Vegas

    2014/03/26 –  Eight students from Central Mississippi are heading to the Entertainment Capitol of the World for their chance to compete in the National ACT-SO Competition July 17-20, 2014 during the National NAACP Convention.  Five Jackson Public School students, one student from Yazoo City and Pearl High Schools, and one student from the Mississippi School… Read more

  • Schools Woefully Unprepared for Common Core

    2014/03/24 – Mississippi legislators and the Mississippi Department of Education are making big plans to align Mississippi students behind a new national education standard this year.  Unfortunately, the same state leaders are sticking to the equally longstanding Mississippi tradition of cutting the endeavor off at its knees. “Although we agree that there needs to be… Read more

  • Worst State Laws Coming from Out of State

    2014/03/19 – Last month, the now infamous Senate Bill 2681 came loping out of the Senate like a clown with a chainsaw, promising to give business-owners the right to discriminate against customers who might be homosexual or of a different religion.  It terrified most of the state’s sane population by resembling the beginning stages of… Read more

  • Plugging the School-to-Prison Pipeline

    2014/03/19 – Education advocates looked at ways to plug the School to Prison Pipeline that they say is destroying the lives of minority students in the state. U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson held a forum and panel discussion on the crisis at Tougaloo College. Educators, U.S. Justice Department officials, the NAACP, parents and students had an… Read more

  • State’s Teacher Incentives System Undermines Poor School Districts

    2014/03/13 - School leaders say a state program geared to steer teachers to anemic school districts suffering devastating teacher shortages is getting abused by affluent districts to fill their already swelling ranks. “The way it looks on paper, only 30-percent of the teachers that are eligible to go into critical shortage areas and benefit from these… Read more

  • Anti-Union Bills Course Through House

    2014/03/07 – State lawmakers are looking to stamp out organized labor with the passage of a series of bills that clamp down on traditional union organizing and picketing procedures. Senate Bill 2653 will attempt to restrict workers picketing outside a business that commits some labor infraction upon its workers by making it easier for the… Read more

  • Black Family Summit Emphasizes Black Male Presence in MS & Honors the Legacy of Mayor Lumumba

    2014/03/06 - You are invited to the second annual Black Family Summit during March 18‐19, 2014 at the Mississippi e‐Center at Jackson State University.  This year’s theme is “Reclaiming, Restoring, and Preserving the Black Male Presence in Mississippi.”  The Summit will feature discussions on the Influence of Grandfathers on Family Stability, Beyond the Ballgame: Athletes and… Read more

  • Legislature Lays Egg, then Scrambles It A Review of SB 2681: Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    2014/03/06 – Mississippi barely saved itself from a monster.  It happened hours before Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer caved to pressure and shot down an infamous “freedom to discriminate” bill designed to give legal protection to business owners who refuse service to customers they find religiously offensive.  Brewer caved after a volley of threats from the… Read more

  • Schools Woefully Unprepared for Common Core

    2014/03/24 – Mississippi legislators and the Mississippi Department of Education are making big plans to align Mississippi students behind a new national education standard this year.  Unfortunately, the same state leaders are sticking to the equally longstanding Mississippi tradition of cutting the endeavor off at its knees. “Although we agree that there needs to be… Read more

  • What are Restorative Practices? An Educator’s Guide to Fostering Positive School Climate & Culture

    2014/03/20 - Educators across the nation recognize the importance of fostering positive, healthy school climates and helping students learn from their mistakes. Increasingly, they are partnering with parents, students, district officials, community organizations, and policymakers to move away from harmful and counter-productive zero-tolerance discipline policies and toward proven restorative approaches to addressing conflict in schools. A… Read more

  • Plugging the School-to-Prison Pipeline

    2014/03/19 – Education advocates looked at ways to plug the School to Prison Pipeline that they say is destroying the lives of minority students in the state. U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson held a forum and panel discussion on the crisis at Tougaloo College. Educators, U.S. Justice Department officials, the NAACP, parents and students had an… Read more

  • State’s Teacher Incentives System Undermines Poor School Districts

    2014/03/13 - School leaders say a state program geared to steer teachers to anemic school districts suffering devastating teacher shortages is getting abused by affluent districts to fill their already swelling ranks. “The way it looks on paper, only 30-percent of the teachers that are eligible to go into critical shortage areas and benefit from these… Read more

  • Scott County Schools Getting Special Conservatorship Treatment

    2014/02/27 – Some legislators are crying foul at a series of attempts to preserve the accreditation of a school falling under conservatorship, while letting majority black schools suffer. “I think that what’s happening in this situation is the skill of influence,” said Rep. John Hines, D-Greenville. “What’s good for the goose should always be good… Read more

  • Parent Engagement and the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

    2014/02/11 — The Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd will host a webinar addressing the key question, “What can parents do to support their children at home and in their communities as teachers implement the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M)?” This webinar is designed for parents, teachers and administrators, and addresses key… Read more

  • Gabe Sonnier Was an Elementary School Janitor for 27 Years. Now He’s the Principal

    2014/02/10 – Joseph “Gabe” Sonnier used to clean up after everyone at Port Barre Elementary in Port Barre, La. Now, the former janitor is the principal at the school. The journey to his promotion began in 1985 when Port Barre’s then-principal pulled Sonnier aside, CBS Evening News reported. “He said, I’d rather see you grading… Read more

  • The Student-Led Backlash Against New Orleans’s Charter Schools

    2014/02/04 – Collegiate Academies is seen by many as the crown jewel of the New Orleans charter school system, which is itself believed to be a national model for urban education. The charter operator’s flagship school, Sci Academy, boasts the best test scores of any open-enrollment high school in the city’s Recovery School District. In 2010,… Read more

  • Mentoring Program Guides Indianola’s Girls

    2014/01/30 – The Mississippi Girls in Action is not just a name for those involved in it. Rather, the girls leadership and empowerment initiative at Merrit and Gentry schools in Indianola is truly putting girls into “action.” In a meeting held January 15, the adult female mentors engaged the girls in activities to help them… Read more

  • MS Charter School Board Receives 31 Letters of Intent; Waits for Action in State Legislature and AG Opinions

    2014/01/27 -The MS Charter School Authorizer Board met in the mahogany-paneled executive chamber at IHL Monday morning, January 27, 2014, before a packed audience of prospective applicants and community activists to announce that the Board has received 31 Letters of Intent ,  and is still awaiting Opinions from the Attorney General on important legal issues,… Read more

  • UPCOMING EVENTS


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    April 12, 2014 (3pm)

    Jackson Branch NAACP Mother of the Year Event (Location: Mt. Nebo Baptist Church)

    April 19, 2014

    State Conference Executive Meeting Dates (Location: TBD)
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    April 19, 2014 (7pm)

    Noxubee County Branch Freedom Fund Banquet (Location: Macon, MS)

    April 19, 2014 (7pm)

    Attala County Branch Freedom Fund Banquet (Location: Kosciusko, MS)

    April 23-25, 2014

    Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) Annual Gathering 2014 (Location: Jackson, MS)
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    April 25, 2014 (7pm)

    Moss Point Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet with guest speaker Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, Tougaloo College President (Location: Moss Point, MS)

    April 25, 2014

    Forrest County Mother of the Year Event (Location: Hattiesburg, MS)

    April 26, 2014 (3pm)

    Winston County Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet with guest speaker Rev. Charles L. White, Jr., NAACP Field Director (Location: Louisville, MS)

    April 26, 2014 (7pm)

    Oktibbeha County Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet with guest speaker Dr. K. C. Morrison Professor and Head Political Science and Public Administration MSU (Location: Starkville, MS)

    April 26, 2014

    Walthall County Mother of the Year Event (Location: Tylertown, MS)

    May 2014 (Date TBD)

    State Conference Executive Meeting Dates (Location: TBD)
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    May 3, 2014

    Amite County Freedom Fund Banquet (Location: Gloster, MS)

    May 3, 2014 (6pm)

    Newton County NAACP Freedom Fund & Mother of the Year Banquet with guest speaker, Mr. Hollis Watkins, Civil Rights Activist (Location: Decatur, MS)

    May 3, 2014 (6pm)

    Brookhaven/Lincoln County Branch Mother of the Year Banquet (Location: Brookhaven, MS)

    May 24, 2014 *DATE CHANGE*

    Mother of the Year Competition (Location: M.W. Stringer Lodge)
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    May 31, 2014

    Seasons of A Woman Symposium hosted by Women in NAACP (Location: Gulfport, MS)
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    June 25-29, 2014

    Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference (Jackson, MS)

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    July 14-18, 2014 (Deadline 4/15)

    Women Empowered Leadership Conference (Location: Mississippi State University)
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    July 17-20, 2014

    National ACT-SO Competition (Location: Las Vegas, NV)
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    July 19-23, 2014

    105th Annual National Convention (Location: Las Vegas, NV)
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    August 16, 2014

    State Conference Executive Meeting Dates (Location: TBD)
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    September 20, 2014

    State Conference Executive Meeting Dates (Location: TBD)
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    October 18, 2014

    State Conference Executive Meeting Dates (Location: TBD)
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    November 6-9, 2014

    69th Annual NAACP State Convention (Location: Vicksburg, MS)

    November 2014 (Dates TBD)

    Mississippi Black Leadership Summit (Location: TBD)



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