Meet Me In The Lobby: Black Cops Unite, Baptist Church Losing Its Flock & We Shall Overcome Singer Dies

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Lisa Robinson, vice president, Vanguard Justice Society; Ken Butler, president, Vanguard Justice Society; Louis Hopson Jr., vice chair, Vanguard Justice Society; Barbara Jackson, community organizer; Ivan Bates, Tony Garcia, Bates & Garcia. (Photo by Kamau High) – See more at:

The Vanguard Justice Society voiced its support for Sgt. Alicia D. White, who was charged earlier this month with manslaughter and second degree assault, as well as misconduct in office, and faces 20 years in prison in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. She was charged along with five other officers. For more information, please see Global Social Media’s May 13th Facebook coverage.

Meanwhile, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and local chapters of the NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in NJ co-hosted an event called Know Your Rights: What to Do When Stopped by the Police

One of the speakers included Former Roseland, NJ Detective Freddie Mitchell Jr. Watch his impassioned talk on how to stay alive when stopped by the police!


Author Tamara Winfrey Harris writes that civil rights movements have traditionally been for the liberation and glorification of men. And so perhaps it should not be surprising that these same movements prioritize the lives and deaths of men. Even today, the oft-repeated statistic that a black person is killed every 28 hours by police, security guards or vigilantes, is often used as if it refers to black men only. It is black men whose deaths are a community concern; black female lives are an after-thought.


When Americans switch religions, a new study says, they are twice as likely to leave a Baptist church as to join one. More than six-in-10 people in the historically black Protestant tradition identify with Baptist denominations, including 22 percent who identify with the National Baptist Convention, the largest denomination within the historically black Protestant tradition.


Verdenia Baker, president of the National Forum of Black Public Administrator will take over as county administrator for Palm Beach County, Fla. Baker becomes the first woman to serve as the county’s top executive. She will also become the county’s first black county administrator. As the top administrator for Florida’s third most-populated county, Baker will oversee a nearly $4 billion budget and about 6,100 employees in departments ranging from parks to road repairs.

Chidi Ogene, a member of the Georgetown University Law Alumni Board, Nigerian Lawyers Association, and National Black MBA Association was recently named as the new Dean the Charlotte School of Law.

The Board of Directors of The National Association of Black Journalists has selected Carole Munroe, Director of Public Relations for the Walt Disney World Resorts, as the recipient of the 2015 Patricia L. Tobin Media Professional Award.

Munroe’s career with Disney spans 25 years. As Director of Public Relations for the Walt Disney World Resorts, she is the site leader for all domestic, international and multi-cultural public relations opportunities.

The Pat Tobin Media Professional Award is named for NABJ member Pat Tobin. Tobin passed away in 2008, and was president and CEO of Tobin and Associates, a prominent minority, woman-owned public relations firm based in Los Angeles. She was a dedicated activist for causes that impacted minorities, women and youth.


Guy Carawan, a scholarly folk singer who helped turn “We Shall Overcome” into the anthem for the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, has died. He was 87. image

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