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Jan 26, 2021

MELANIE L. CAMPBELL, PRESIDENT/CEO OF THE NATIONAL COALITION ON BLACK CIVIC PARTICIPATION & CONVENER, BLACK WOMEN’S ROUNDTABLE OFFERS HER STATEMENT REGARDING PRESIDENT BIDEN’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND PLANS ON RACIAL EQUITY

Washington, DC (January 26, 2021) -- Today, President Joseph Biden signed a series of Executive Orders aimed at increasing racial equity across the nation, a move that the Administration indicates is an early and significant first step in the president’s efforts to dismantle systemic racism in America. The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Black Women’s Roundtable research in 2020 identified racial injustice/eradicating systemic racism as the number one issue in the 2020 Presidential Election that Black voters wanted the next president of the United States and Congress to address.

States Melanie L. Campbell, President of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), “I believe the announcements President Biden made today about the Administration’s racial equity plans are beneficial and a good first step in addressing systemic racism and racial injustice in our nation. It is also vitally important that the Biden Administration is taking an ‘all government’ approach to address racial disparities in the federal government as well; and we agree with his statement that achieving ‘racial equity is everyone’s job.’

“The Executive Actions President Biden signed today on eliminating the use of private prisons by federal government, addressing fair housing, tribal sovereignty, xenophobia, the need for cultural competency in battle against COVID19, and diversity and inclusion---are specific actions and are aligned with him starting the process of keeping the Biden/Harris Campaign’s commitments to make racial equity a priority

“Further, we are at a time now when many leaders have called on our nation to come together around principles of ‘unity’ and ‘healing’ after the terrible coup attempt on January 6th. Those who are truly serious and sincere about ‘unity’ should quickly embrace all of the executive orders that President Biden presented and signed today that address racial equity. That is the only way our nation can truly begin to heal.”

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