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NAACP partners
Published: 21 February 2018

During its annual public board meeting in New York City, the NAACP announced several key partnerships designed to expand the reach, impact and effectiveness of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organizations. The NAACP signed agreements with the NNPA: The Black Press of America; the National Minority Pan Hellenic Council; the African-American Institute, and The LINKS as part of a strategy by the NAACP to shift resources toward mobilization efforts for the 2018-midterm elections.

“Working with partners remains a critical part of unifying the Black community as we prepare to make our voices heard at the polls and on ineffective public policies,” said NAACP National Board Chairman Leon W. Russell. “These groups have answered the call to work with us to expand membership and our ability to educate our community on the need for aggressive civic engagement.”

Partnerships included Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with:

  • The LINKS:  A group of nearly 15,000 professional women of color, with 285 chapters in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Bahamas.
  • National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA): Also known as, the Black Press of America, NNPA is a trade association of the more than 200 African American-owned community newspapers from around the United States that reach millions weekly.
  • Africa-America Institute (AAI): An organization created to expand education on Africa, increase capacity building and foster relationships between Africans and African –Americans.
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC): Is an international organization representing nine (9) International Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The NAACP’s partnership with the Black Press extends for decades but a new attack on the rights of communities of color has revitalized their relationship.  “The partnership of the NAACP and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) combines two of our oldest institutions of more than 200 years moving on the critical issues of today,” said NNPA Chairperson Dorothy R. Leavell.

As part of their agreement, NNPA will provide membership forms in all of their over 200 weekly publications and provide regular weekly and monthly columns to NAACP leadership.

“These partnerships are not simply for show but part of our strategic plan to unite the various strands of our community into working and more powerful forms of operational unity,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “We have come to understand that elections have consequences and if the consequences of the most-recent presidential election mean we recognize the need for greater unity among people and organizations of color and act on it; then we are moving in the right direction,” added Johnson.

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