WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2018) – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is calling out Warsaw, NC, Mayor A.J. Connors after his inflammatory response to the excessively violent arrest of 22-year-old Anthony Wall at a local Waffle House on May 4. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 14, 2018) – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, released a statement today from NBJC Executive Director, David J. Johns, following the announcement that the family of 22-year-old Anthony Wall has hired national civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin L. Crump of Ben Crump Law, PLLC to investigate the violent chokehold and controversial arrest of Walls, a Black gay man. Walls was recently arrested by local police at a Waffle House in Warsaw, North Carolina during an incident that was caught on video.

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The Walmart Foundation has announced that the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) received a $250,000 grant to further its work in driving cultural competence at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and strengthening inclusion and cohesion with a focus on the Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) community. NBJC will use the grant to expand its initiative with some of the nation’s leading HBCUs, The Road to Black America Embracing LGBTQ Equality.

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For as long as there have been Black people, there have been Black LGBTQ/same gender loving (SGL) people. Disappointingly, because we face the additional barriers that come with homophobia, transphobia and fear and hatred of things not “traditional” or “heterosexual,” that truth is often hidden or erased altogether. And as it relates to the transgender community, far too often, we find ourselves speaking of injustices—from discrimination to disproportionate health risks, and too often, violence.

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From pulling down the Confederate flag at the Columbia, S.C. statehouse after all those years of inflicting pain, winning a number of political office campaigns including the recent Atlanta mayoral seat, and stepping out of the shadows and into the forefront of the “Me Too” movement, Black women have led the charge on many issues that affect our communities with their #BlackGirlMagic.  

Yet, despite the leaps women - especially Black women - have made over countless hurdles, an issue that continues to affect them at disproportionate rates is HIV/AIDS.

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