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The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, was recently awarded a $300,000 grant over two years from the Ford Foundation, an independent, global organization with a legacy of commitment to innovative leaders on the frontlines of social change.


“We are honored and humbled to be a grant recipient of the Ford Foundation,” says NBJC Executive Director and CEO Sharon Lettman-Hicks. “These funds will enable NBJC to strategically leverage the groundwork established over the past two-and-a-half years when we began restructuring the organization and re-imaging our brand.” The funding for general support will be used to focus on the organization’s cornerstone issues—anti-discrimination, safe schools, marriage and family recognition, anti-violence, and economic security and justice.





Study Reveals Military Not Harmed by Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell


The Palm Center released the first academic study of the effects of repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) has found that the new policy of open service has had no overall negative impact on military readiness, unit cohesion, recruitment, retention or morale. Co-authors of the study includeArmed Forces professors at the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Marine Corps War College. The Palm Center is a research institute committed to sponsoring state-of-the-art scholarship to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial issues of the day.




Mary J. Blige Supports Same Sex Marriage

Mary J. Blige



During her recent appearance at the Democratic National Convention, International Recording Artist, Mary J. Blige verbalized her support for inclusion of same-sex-marriage to the Party’s platform. “I think it’s wonderful, people supporting love. I mean, it’s love,” says Blige. Mary has been a consistent supporter of her gay and lesbian fans over the years.