“History is not everything, but it is a starting point. History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day. It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography. It tells them where they are, but more importantly, what they must be.”
– Dr. John Henrick Clarke
The myriad struggles of kidnapped Africans in America have given birth to some of the greatest leaders and scholars the world has seen. Today, the day after possibly the most important election of the 20th and 21st century, we highlight one of our most regarded supporters—one who walks in the footsteps of the most esteemed ancestors and is at the fore of our fight against social injustice, systematic racism and racial oppression. Moreover, he has also emerged as a leader in bridging the gap across the African diaspora recognizing the importance of Global black unity.
Derek Johnson, President of the NAACP, is a leader who represents the community and those who do not have a voice. With new threats to African American communities emerging daily and attacks on our democracy, President Johnson is leading us through a crucial moment in our nation’s history. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. Some of his notable accomplishments include:
- He founded One Voice Inc. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to improve the quality of life for African Americans through civic engagement training and initiatives.
- Led a multi-city community discussion tour on how to combat issues such as police brutality, voter suppression and mass incarceration.
- Led a delegation of nearly 300 African Americans, ranging in age from 4 to 90 on a journey dubbed “Jamestown to Jamestown” from Jamestown, VA to Jamestown, Ghana to reconnect with their African roots and commemorate the Year of the Return.
Click here to watch this short video where President Johnson is paying homage to the strength, power and resilience of African-Americans by embarking on the “Jamestown to Jamestown” pilgrimage as an extension of the courage of the first Africans in America and explains the impact of “when we fight, we win” in today’s political climate.
Next week, we will be featuring our esteemed and beloved Founder of this historic project, the eminent Honorable Kojo Yankah. Until then, have a great week and continue to keep the faith!
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