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By Kenneth D. Miller

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October 24, 2013

Lorraine C. Miller named Interim President and CEO while search for next president and CEO commences

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People held its final National Board of Directors meeting of 2013 this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, making a number of significant announcements for the future of the organization.

• NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous made his final address to the National Board of Directors, citing the NAACP’s accomplishments in the last five years, and he received a sustained standing ovation from the board, trustees and staff.

• NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock announced that National Board Member Lorraine C. Miller was named the Interim President and CEO of the 104-year-old organization while the search to select a new President and CEO begins.

• The leadership of the search committee to select a new President and CEO has been named. The Chair of the Committee will be Rev. Theresa Dear of Bartlett, Illinois, and the Vice Chair will be Lamell McMorris of Washington, DC. Dear and McMorris are both members of the NAACP National Board.

• A new partnership between the NAACP and TV One has been approved by the Board of Directors, and the television network will carry the 45th NAACP Image Awards for the next five years. The Image Awards will be held February 22, 2014 in the Pasadena Civic Center in Pasadena, California.

• The NAACP has been accredited to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which allows the Association to attend and conduct advocacy at UNFCCC international meetings.

• New national board members were announced: Da’Quan Marcell Love, a senior at Hampton University in Virginia; Joshua S. Turnquest, a sophomore at Syracuse University in New York; and A.M.E. Zion Bishop Dennis V. Proctor, who was elected to fill the unexpired term held by A.M.E. Zion Bishop Roy A. Holmes, who passed away this year. With the passing of Bishop Holmes, Bishop Proctor was assigned to preside over the New York, Western New York, and United Kingdom Episcopal Districts, in addition to Alabama-Florida.

“This is a moment of great change and great opportunity for the NAACP,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “We are excited to work with Lorraine C. Miller during this time of transition. We are confident that Lorraine will serve the Association with a steady and experienced hand as we continue the search for the next President and CEO.”

“I am honored to have been selected for this venerable role,” stated Miller. “I look forward to continuing the path forged by Chairman Brock and President Jealous in the months ahead. These are important times, and the important work of the NAACP will go on.”

“Lorraine is a natural fit as interim president of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “She comes into this position with two decades of experience working for the U.S. House of Representatives and an even longer career in civil rights advocacy and policy. She will have the honor of leading the dynamic staff of this great organization.”

 Miller is a commercial real estate broker with Keller Williams and sits on the Board of D.C. Vote. She served as the first African American clerk (and the first African American officer) of the U.S House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, and previously worked for former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi, Tom Foley and Jim Wright, as well as U.S. Rep. John Lewis.  She also worked in the Clinton White House, as Bureau Chief at the Federal Communi­cations Commission and as Director of Congressional Rela­tions for the Federal Trade Com­mission. Additionally, she worked at the American Federation of Teachers. She is a faithful member of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

Miller served as President of the Washington, DC NAACP Branch for six years, and as a member of the National NAACP Board of Directors since 2008. On the Board of Directors, she serves as a member of the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Advocacy and Policy Committee, and she played a significant role in the creation of the NAACP’s Game Changers.

Miller will begin her role as Interim President and CEO and assume day-to-day responsibility for the Association on November 1st, according to the transition plan approved by the National Board of Directors. Jealous’ tenure with the Association will end officially on December 31.

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October 24, 2013

By Barrington M. Salmon

Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer

 

WASHINGTON – Professor Ron Walters would have been right at home at a two-day conference marking the official launch of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center at Howard University.

Throughout the days and well into the nights of Oct. 9-11, scholars, friends, former students, mentees and admirers of Walters sat in on panel discussions, listened to and participated in scholarly debates, and frank exchanges about issues of concern and importance to African Americans, Africans and others in the Black Diaspora. Conferees from around the country examined public policy issues, politics, race, criminal justice, law, leadership and current events.

Everywhere people gathered, Walters’ spirit of inquiry, curiosity and intellectual vigor was evident at the Ronald W. Walters Legacy Conference. And common refrains that suffused the panel discussions, lectures, and presentations were “What would Dr. Walters say?” “What would Dr. Walters do?” and “What would Dr. Walters think?”

The Legacy Conference took place against the backdrop of a partial government shutdown by conservative and Tea Party members of the House Republican Caucus; sustained personal attacks by conservatives and critics of President Barack Obama; voter suppression; an activist Supreme Court that had invalidated a key section of the historic Voting Rights Act; and actions by the conservative wing of the GOP panelists said was designed to turn back the clock.

All of these issues, conferees said, were part and parcel of what Walters tackled head-on, advocated and worked against, explained and taught about.

Walters distinguished himself as an internationally recognized political scientist and activist who left behind a stellar legacy as a scholar, teacher, writer, political activist and researcher when he died in September 2010. Sought after by a wide array of politicians, candidates and organizations, Walters is revered by colleagues, admirers and students as a potent, powerful and persuasive intellectual who never lost the common touch.

Elsie L. Scott said Walters deserves every accolade, honor and recognition because of how he carried himself and for the life he lived.

“He was a modest man. When you’d see him, you wouldn’t know he was a giant of a man,” said Scott, founding director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center. “Newer leaders want to wave their flag to let [people] know they’re there, but he would come into a room and sit to the side. He was honest and principled, and never strayed from his basic beliefs. He didn’t try to get on talk shows. He was always looking for outlets for his work.”

Scott, former president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, said Walters was always very supportive of the Black community.

“The guiding principle of his life was to liberate,” she explained.

The Ronald W. Walters Leadership & Public Policy Center was established by Howard University a year ago to serve as an interdisciplinary entity that will preserve Walters’ legacy. It will also serve as a focal point for research, policy discussions, publications, leadership development activities and service at the nexus of African-American engagement in the U.S. political process and American and foreign policy.

During a public forum and roundtable discussion at Howard’s Cramton Auditorium on Thursday evening, Joe Madison, Professor Michael Eric Dyson, April Ryan, and George E. Curry reminisced about Walters, his impact on their lives, his principled political activism, his legacy and the large shadow he cast.

Stephanie Brown Jones, CEO of Vestige Strategies, LLC., moderated the Oct. 10 interactive conversation  and asked a series of questions related to political and social issues that stimulated a vigorous conversation.

“Ron never got pissed off,” said Madison, a commentator, talk show and political activist in reply to a question. “He was too intelligent for that. What he showed was his intellect and the ability to explain complex political situations so that average people could understand him. I compare him to [Harvard Professor Henry Louis ] Skip Gates. He’d clearly let you understand what was happening and what you needed to do about it.”

Madison, known as “The Black Eagle,” used the example of some politicians and commentators equating the Affordable Care Act with the Fugitive Slave Laws.

“If I could pick up the phone, to talk about, this, this foolishness, he’d have gone through history, then ripped them a new [one], showing them that there’s nothing to compare it to. George Will made the statement about the Fugitive Slave Laws but people are only Google search engine deep. He was a class act always.”

Curry, editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service, recalled Walters’ involvement in Jesse Jackson’s presidential runs in 1984 and 1988.

“I covered Jesse Jackson’s 1984 campaign and saw Jesse in blue jeans absorbing what Ron told him. He’d ‘Jesse-tize’ it and he was never embarrassed in foreign policy debates,” said Curry, a former Washington correspondent and New York bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune.

Ryan echoed her colleagues’ comments about Walters’ dedication to the Black media.

“I called him before President Obama’s first press conference. There were four or five African Americans there. It was my first time ever asking this president a question so I was going to call him,” said Ryan, a 27-year journalism veteran and White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks. “He never let on that he was ill. He told me to talk about the poverty agenda and jobs issues.”

Dyson spoke of being in awe of Walters’ intellectual prowess.

“He was a public intellectual before there was a term for it,” said Dyson, a Georgetown University professor, ordained Baptist minister and author of 17 books. “We’re talking about the lucidity and clarity with which he controlled that information. He was a scholar’s scholar. He did the spade work – he dug deep. As they would say in the country, he dug deep enough not to suck mud.”

“He was quiet thunder. He had no ego about him and didn’t worry about pride of authorship. He understood the need for information and was constantly engaging in analytical depth and putting it in perspective.”

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October 24, 2013

 

By Jazelle Hunt

 

NNPA Washington Correspondent

 

 

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After a little more than two weeks, things have finally gotten back to normal in the nation’s capital. At least, normal by Washington standards. The main thoroughfares connecting the District of Columbia to Maryland and Virginia – I-66, I-95. I-295, I-395, I-495 and U.S Route 1, 29 and 50 – are again crowded with rush-hour traffic. Metro trains and buses are packed and the federal government, including museums and national parks, reopened for business.

 

After being labeled “non-essential,” federal workers have returned to the essential job of running the government after House Republicans forced a 16-day shutdown of the federal government by trying to defund the Affordable Care Act. Senate leaders from both parties reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling, the measure quickly passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Obama, allowing furloughed workers to return last Thursday.

 

The government shutdown had a disproportionate impact on Blacks who make up 13.6 percent of the U.S. population and 17.7 percent of the federal workforce. Overall, people of color represent 34 percent of the federal workforce.

 

Speaking at the White House on Thursday, Obama has this message for returning federal employees: “Thank you. Thanks for your service. Welcome back. What you do is important. It matters.”

 

Atlanta has the highest number of federal employees outside of Washington, D.C.

 

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) visited federal employees in the Sam Nunn Cafeteria of the Richard Russell Federal Building in Atlanta on their first day back on the job.

 

“There was a huge turnout of employees,” said Lewis. “I apologized to them for what the Congress did, and I told them it must never, ever happen again.  Many people came up to me.  Some needed a hug, some needed a little encouragement, and some even broke down in tears because of all the stress they had been facing.  I told them they would continue to have my support, and I thanked them for the good work and their commitment to public service.”

 

The shutdown, the first in nearly two decades, had a different impact on federal workers.

 

At one end was Rashonda Williams, a newlywed and the mother of a 2-year-old and a 4-month old.

 

“I was on edge, didn’t know what to expect,” said Williams, an employee at the General Services Administration (GSA). “We knew [Congress] would get it together, but we didn’t know if we would have retro pay.”

 

As has been the case in past shutdown, federal employees will receive retroactive pay for the time they lost from work through no fault of their own.

 

“Now I’m on track to pay my mortgage late. We would have been able to pay on time without the shutdown. We’re a new family, so we don’t have as much savings as older people might,” Williams explained.

 

One of those “older” people who didn’t feel as pressured by the temporary loss of wages is Penelope Dates, a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee just two years from retirement.

 

“I’m prepared for emergencies, and I’m really ready to retire. But I felt bad for people who were not prepared,” she said.

 

Being back at work, she said, is “like nothing ever happened.”

 

But something did happen. And creditors being creditors, were not interested in the excuses for late payment, however, legitimate or well-publicized.

 

The shutdown began Oct. 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year. A week later, the Department of Homeland Security provided a letter for furloughed employees to show their creditors. It stated, in part,:  “…some of our employees may have difficulty in timely meeting their financial obligations…. We appreciate your organization’s understanding and flexibility toward DHS employees until this situation is resolved.”

 

The shutdown affected non-employees as well, including contractors and those whose businesses depended on federal workers.

 

Sammy Soliman, a food cart owner who has perched across the street from the Department of Transportation for the past 20 years, is one such person.

 

“Everyone is glad to come back, and I am glad they are back,” he said. “The whole city was dead. I lost about 70 percent of my income.”

 

Unlike federal workers, contractors will not be paid for the time they didn’t work.

 

Richard Nock, who works in materials handling at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, said his furloughed time amounted to a paid mini-vacation, which is fine with him.

 

Monte Wallace, an employee at the Administration for Children and Families, is happy about returning to work but worried about the future.

 

“It feels good to be back but it’s left a bad taste in my mouth,” said Wallace. “Especially since things are still unsettled – this could happen again. We shouldn’t bear the brunt of Congress’ lack of coming together.”

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October 24, 2013

Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer

 

President Obama has selected former top Pentagon lawyer and longtime Democratic Party fundraiser Jeh Johnson to head the Department of Homeland Security.

Obama announced the nomination Friday at the White House, calling Johnson a trusted “team player” with experience in effectively leading large and complex organizations.

“Jeh has a deep understanding of the threats and challenges facing the United States,” Obama said. “As the Pentagon’s top lawyer, he helped design and implement many of the policies that have kept our country safe, including our success at the dismantling of the core of al Qaeda.”

Johnson, 56, a Morehouse graduate who received a law degree from Columbia, served as general counsel at the Defense Department during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving in December to return to private practice.

Pending Senate confirmation, he will succeed Janet Napolitano, who since 2009 had been the first female in the position of DHS Secretary before resigning in August to become president of the University of California system.

Johnson would be the first African-American to head the department.

On Friday, Johnson called the nomination a “tremendous honor” and said he is dedicated to public safety.

“I am a New Yorker, and I was present in Manhattan on 9/11 — which happens to be my birthday — when that bright and beautiful day was shattered by the largest terror attack on our homeland in history,” he said. “I wandered the streets of New York that day and wondered ‘What can I do?’ Since then, I’ve tried to devote myself to answering that question.”

Johnson said that before the president’s offer he had no plans to reenter public service.

“When I received the call, I could not refuse it,” he said.

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