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Jun 24, 2011

Organizations Co-Host CBS Radio 1580 AM Big Talker Radio With Kenny Barnes SR., M.S. Every Fourth Tuesday ‘Community in Action’

Radio Talk show illuminating community activism in Black and underserved communities

WASHINGTON, DC – (June 24, 2011): The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition), The William Kellibrew Foundation (WKF), Black Youth Vote! (BYV! ) and Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) join Kenny Barnes, Sr., M.S., Founder and CEO of Reaching Out To Others Together (R.O.O.T. Inc.) on CBS Radio on 1580 AM Big Talker Radio every fourth Tuesday from 8-9 a.m. (ET) starting on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011. The groups announce its partnership to engage the community in civic engagement, violence prevention and intervention in a dynamic radio talk show “Community in Action”. The radio show feature co-hosts Kenny Barnes, Melanie L. Campbell, president & CEO, the National Coalition and William Kellibrew IV, deputy director, the National Coalition and president, the William Kellibrew Foundation. Listens and callers can dial in at 301.794.5150. Simulcast Online Live At

“This is a perfect union for ‘Community in Action’ to join with The National Coalition and the Kellibrew Foundation to co-host this radio show.” said Barnes, “It’s truly an honor for me.”

The first segment will start with ‘Melanie’s Corner’, co-hosted by Melanie Campbell and Kenny Barnes, focusing on the 2012 presidential election and what’s at stake for African Americans, Black immigrants and other underserved communities. Each month, Melanie’s Corner will feature experts and guests from across the nonprofit, civil, human, and women’s rights, corporate, labor, entertainment and other arenas addressing women and girls’ empowerment, civil rights, technology, and other critical public policy issues affecting the Diaspora.

“As we approach Presidential Election 2012, we must engage our community in every possible way.” said Melanie L. Campbell, president & CEO of The National Coalition. “Now more than ever, it is time to organize and leverage our vote in order for elected officials to be held accountable to the interests impacting our communities’ daily lives.”

The second segment will be hosted by Deven Anderson, William Kellibrew and Kenny Barnes, focusing on civic engagement, technology and social innovation, and other issues affecting Black youth through Black Youth Vote!, a program of The National Coalition.

The final segment, ‘Surviving and Thriving’, co-hosted by William Kellibrew IV, Brandon Wallace, executive director & CEO, WKF and Kenny Barnes, will focus on issues such as poverty, youth, gang, gun and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, children’s exposure to violence and victimization, education, mentoring and other issues and needs affecting the community. The segment will feature experts and guests from many backgrounds.

“In order to address the issues we are faced with in our community, we need a collective, coordinated and proactive approach.” said Kellibrew, “This is an excellent forum for starting to understand the many issues we grapple with as a society and knowing what they are is half the battle.”

About The National Coalition of Black Civic Participation The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities. The National Coalition strives to create an enlightened community by engaging people in all aspects of public life through service/volunteerism, advocacy, leadership development and voting.

About The William Kellibrew Foundation
The William Kellibrew Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. The foundation is a resource for people and institutions committed to breaking the cycles of violence and poverty with a special focus on families, women and children.

About Black Youth Vote! (BYV!)
(BYV!) is a national grassroots coalition of organizations and individuals committed to increasing political and civic engagement among black youth and young adults between the ages of 18-35. On April 4, 1996, BYV! was launched under the theme “The Ballot, Not the Bullet” live on CSPAN to address the chronic decline in Black youth voter participation.

About R.O.O.T. Inc.
ROOT (Reaching Out to Others Together) Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization committed to advocacy, education, and intervention on behalf of homicide victims and their families. Our mission is to motivate and mobilize communities to take a proactive approach to reducing homicides and the senseless violence occurring in our communities.

About Black Women’s Roundtable
The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is an intergenerational civic engagement network of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.

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