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Oct 16, 2008

Celebrities Urge Black America To Vote Early

In an effort to circumvent voter suppression tactics and confusion at the polls, award winning actress, Angela Bassett; Tonight Show bandleader, Kevin Eubanks; actress, LisaRaye McCoy Misick; and singer/actress, Brandy Norwood; are among the list of celebrities voicing public service announcements urging people to vote early or be first in line on Election Day. The joint initiative between American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) marks the second phase of their nonpartisan radio campaign aimed at ensuring African Americans cast a ballot that counts on Election Day.

Oct 5, 2008

Baptist General Convention Of Virginia Launches Black Voter Empowerment Sundays

Reverend Cessar Scott, executive minister of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia (BGC) has announced an agreement with the Virginia Unity '08 Campaign to implement "Black Voter Empowerment Sundays," starting September 14 through October 5, 2008. With a goal to engage their 1100 African American churches throughout the state of Virginia, the move is part of a nationwide nonpartisan effort on behalf of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) to organize a ministry of civic participation that galvanizes the Black community to register, verify their names on the voter rolls, and vote in the November 2008 presidential election.

Sep 30, 2008

Radio & TV Personality Jeff Johnson Visits Birmingham

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Unity ’08 Coalition and Alabama Black Youth Vote! (BYV) will bring their message to register, verify, and VOTE FIRST to Birmingham, Monday October 6, 2008, with a Justice Speak Out featuring Jeff Johnson, of BET and the Tom Joyner Morning Show. The town hall type forum traveling across the country to mobilize young voters will stop at Lawson State College followed by a visit to Miles College.

Sep 29, 2008

Bow Wow Will Walk Across Ameria To Help Get Out The Vote

Superstar recording artist and actor Bow Wow will show his support for our nation's upcoming elections with a voter registration initiative, Walk Across America. Commencing in Atlanta, GA on October 1st, Walk Across America will take Bow Wow and other citizens who are excited about the 2008 elections to cities across the United States in a nonpartisan effort to encourage people, especially the youth, to participate in the contests happening this November and the political process overall.

Sep 22, 2008

NCVCP 7th Annual Voices Of The Electorate Symposium

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) Voices of the Electorate Democracy Reform Project will convene its 7th Annual Symposium, “Election ’08: Still Not Ready & The Impact of the Economic Crisis ” on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sep 1, 2008

Black Youth Vote Justice Speak Out Tour Visits Riviera Beach

Fired up and ready to turn out black youth in record numbers, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), Florida Black Youth Vote! (BYV), and Florida Unity ’08 Campaign will bring their message to register, verify, and VOTE FIRST to the City of Riviera Beach for a day-long event Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sep 1, 2008

Comedian / Political Satirist Shang Urges Black America To "Vote First"

Edgy, insightful, provocative and uncompromising, the stand-up routines of comedian Shang have always echoed the voice and sentiments of the people. And now, as the political comedic voice of “Vote First” a new campaign launched by the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Unity ’08 Campaign, Shang’s performance will strike yet another chord as he encourages his fellow comedians and the black community at large to not only vote, but to be among the first to cast a ballot.

Aug 15, 2008

Melanie L. Campbell Receives Althea T.L. Simmons Award From Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

In recognition of her outstanding work as a civic leader, public administrator, and civil rights activist, Melanie L. Campbell was presented the Althea T. L. Simmons Social Action Award during Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s 49th National Convention held recently in Orlando, Florida.

Aug 1, 2008

NCBCP And AURN Announce Joint Get out The Vote Initiative

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) have launched a nonpartisan radio campaign aimed at ensuring Americans register, verify their names on voter rolls and vote on Election Day.

Jul 29, 2008

Community Leaders Assemble For Intensive Training Focued On Voter Protection

Anticipating the largest voter turnout in history - and ensuing problems at the polls - the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) left no stone unturned during a three-day Operation Big Vote Training Academy held in New Orleans last week to train field organizers on voter registration, education, mobilization, and voter protection.

May 12, 2008

Congressman Rangel and Gospel Legend Shirley Caesar Offer Healing Words at NCBCP Awards Dinner

"All of the 2008 honorees were truly deserving of accolades. Each of them have demonstrated a consistent commitment to creating balance in the democratic process," said Melanie L. Campbell, executive director and CEO of the NCBCP.

Apr 16, 2008

New School Activists Say They Want Less Talk And More Action From Elected Officials

The game is on. The blame game, that is. However, as national elected officials continue spinning their wheels hurling well-crafted sound bites at each other, a group of young activists is quietly making strategic moves, determined to flip the script. This week the members of Black Youth Vote! (BYV!) went into full gear for the final days of a three-month, 10-state, voter registration drive.

Apr 16, 2008

“Power Of The Sister Vote In 2008” Leaders Query Presidential Candidate Advisors On Issues Affecting Black Community And Women

Three leading civil rights organizations joined together to launch “The Power of the Sister Vote 2008,” a nationwide effort framing the dialogue on the impact of the Black women’s vote in the 2008 elections. Co-conveners, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), headed by Melanie L. Campbell, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) chaired by veteran women’s and civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy I. Height, and Clayola Brown, President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) extended invitations to all presidential candidates to address issues affecting Black American communities.

Apr 4, 2008

Dr. King's Legacy

On the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a diverse coalition of African-American groups and individuals have come together so our voices will be clearly heard.

Feb 19, 2008

Prairie View March & Rally For Voting Justice
Feb. 19, 2008 at 9:00AM CT

Prairie View A&M University Student Government Association and Black Youth Vote! Texas will hold a march and rally Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 9:00 AM to protest ongoing student voting disfranchisement in Waller County Texas. The students will assemble at the PVAMU Memorial Student Center at 9:00 AM and march to the courthouse in Hempstead (over seven miles). Officials at the Historically Black University agreed to excuse the 8000-plus student body to participate in the march, which will take place on the first day of early voting

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