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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This important awareness month was first official recognized as Bebe Moore CampbellNational Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 after the US House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution. The goal of National Minority Health Awareness Month is to improve access to mental health treatment and services with a particular focus on increasing support provided to racial and ethnic minority communities. 

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Welcome to NBJC's e-newsletter that tracks our efforts at America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Since 2010, NBJC has made advocating for and working to empower HBCUs a key mission through our HBCU LGBTQ-Equality Initiative. NBJC's programmatic and advocacy efforts are rooted in strategies to strengthen the bonds of HBCUs in support of their LGBTQ population, directly confronting the bias and stigma that too often inhabit these historically Black institutions. 

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Take a stand TODAY and call your U.S. Senators and make sure they know where you stand on these nominees. We must hold them accountable as we face a new, alarming incoming administration. Call your US Senators (877-959-6082) or find your US Senator's contact information HERE to voice your opinion. Take action NOW!

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Today, July 2, 2014, marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This landmark legislation freed Black Americans, in particular, and all people of color in our nation who had been shackled by a century of racist oppression under America's Jim Crow laws. Passage of the Civil Rights Act came only after a collective movement of people whose selfless purpose initiated organizing to defeat racial injustice and moving a majority of Americans to support a free and open society for all people, no matter their background. 

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HBCU Student Activism, OUT on the Hill Wrap-up, Many Faces. One Dream comes to New York City and more...

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After a summer hiatus, we're excited to resume the NBJC E-Digest. We have much to share with you.  From kicking off our LGBT people of color economic empowerment tour to petitioning the President to award Bayard Rustin with the Medal of Freedom, NBJC has certainly set the tone for the upcoming season -- and we couldn't have done it without you by our side.

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In this issue of the E-Digest: GA State Representative Simone Bell selected as a Harvey Milk Champion of Change by the White House; NBJC's Je-Shawna Wholley receives the "Next Generation" Award from Metro Weekly; Library of Congress honors Bayard Rustin; College basketball superstar Brittney Griner comes out after signing with the WNBA; Give OUT Day a huge success; and m

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We dedicate this edition of the E-Digest to his memory and gifts, especially in the area of health and wellness for all. 

 

We love you, Hutson. You will be missed. We will make sure that your memory is preserved, and your kind and gentle spirit is never forgotten.

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