Latest NAACP News

Black elected leaders denounce St. Louis area merger plan

Apr. 23, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

COOL VALLEY, Mo. (AP) — A group of about 35 black elected officials are denouncing a plan to merge the city of St. Louis with St. Louis County and calling for the local NAACP president to resign. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the group's news conference Monday in the suburb of Cool Valley was in...

Woman who posed as black makes plea deal in fraud case

Apr. 5, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black has reached an agreement to avoid trial on charges of welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo two years ago, was charged with two felonies last May....

Beyonce, 'Black Panther' win at 50th NAACP Image Awards

Mar. 31, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Beyonce was named entertainer of the year at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of color. After Beyonce accepted the award Saturday night, the superstar paid homage to the people who were nominated in the same category as her. She beat...

The Latest: Beyonce wins top award at NAACP Image Award

Mar. 31, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards presented Saturday in Los Angeles (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Beyonce was named entertainer of the year at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards ceremony that highlighted works by entertainers and writers of color. After Beyonce accepted the...

Robert Townsend doc on 'The 5 Heartbeats' earns NAACP nod

Mar. 28, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of us understand the heartbreak of finding out our favorite band has broken up, but few can actually turn that dismay into a cult classic. That's what Robert Townsend did with "The Five Heartbeats." According to the 62-year old filmmaker, it was hearing that David Ruffin was leaving...

Jay-Z to receive special honor at NAACP Image Awards

Mar. 28, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z will receive the President's Award during the 50th NAACP Image Awards on Saturday. The NAACP announced Thursday it selected the 49-year-old rapper and entrepreneur for "shedding light on the issues that plague the black community including systematic racism and unjust treatment...

Sen. Kamala Harris to headline Detroit NAACP fundraiser

Mar. 26, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful and California Sen. Kamala Harris will highlight a fundraiser for the Detroit NAACP branch. The civil rights organization says Harris will give the keynote speech at the 64th Annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner on May 5 at Cobo Center. Harris is among the...

Mississippi gov called 'despicable' for ignoring black rep

Mar. 15, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman said Mississippi's governor is "clearly despicable" for not acknowledging work by the state's only black congressman to get the home of a slain civil rights leader named a national monument. Democratic Rep. Karen Bass of California told...

Missouri NAACP branch backs changes to Title IX process

Mar. 15, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri branch of the NAACP on Friday announced support for legislation that would change how colleges and universities handle sexual assault complaints. St. Louis County NAACP President John Gaskin III in a statement praised a House bill that supporters say is aimed at making...

Mississippi politicos feud over civil rights monument status

Mar. 14, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's white Republican governor and the state's only black Democratic congressman are feuding over who should get credit for the home of a slain civil rights leader becoming a national monument. President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednesday creating five new national...