July/Aug – News
NAACP Removes Cornell Brooks As CEO And President
In keeping with its longstanding history, and legacy, the NAACP Board has announced a transformational, system-wide refresh and strategic re-envisioning. The objective is to best position the respected national organization to confront the realities of today’s volatile political, media and social climates.
The transformation will call for appointing a new CEO and President as the Board has decided not to renew the contract of Cornell Brooks. Mr. Brooks was appointed to the position in 2014. Board Chairman Leon W. Russell and Vice Chair Derrick Johnson, who were elected to their current positions in February 2017, will manage the organization on an interim basis until a new leader is named. June 30th was Mr. Brooks last day. .
“Our organization has been at the forefront of America, making tremendous strides over the last hundred years,” said Leon W. Russell, chairman of the Board of Directors. “However, modern day civil rights issues facing the NAACP, like education reform, voting rights and access to affordable health care, still persist and demand our continued action.”
“In the coming months, the NAACP will embark upon a historic national listening tour to ensure that we harness the energy and voices of our grassroots members, to help us achieve transformational change, and create an internal culture designed to push the needle forward on civil rights and social justice,” said Derrick Johnson, vice-chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors.
Michigan’s Brienne Minor Takes Singles Title at NCAA Tennis Championships
Sophomore Brienne Minor of the University of Michigan women’s tennis team became the program’s first national champion, defeating Florida’s Belinda Woolcock, 6-3, 6-3, to win the NCAA singles championship. Minor, who was unseeded in the tournament, reeled off six wins for the title and defeated a trio of top-16 opponents, including No. 6-seeded Woolcock. With this victory, Brienne becomes the first African American women to win the title. A fact she was unaware of at the time. “I didn’t even realize it until my sisters said something to me a couple days later.”
Abounding Prosperity, Inc Secures $1.7 M from CDC For HIV Prevention Projects
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has awarded Abounding Prosperity, Inc. (AP, Inc.) $1.7 million to support comprehensive high-impact HIV prevention projects for young men of color who have sex with men and young transgender persons of color. This five-year funding will allow the organization to continue programming that includes HIV Counseling and Testing; Behavior Change Interventions (including Many Men, Many Voices); Referrals; and STI screening and treatment for young people ages 14-29 in the Dallas community. AP, Inc. is one of the only indigenous Black community-based, HIV-focused non-profit organizations in the State of Texas. Only 30 organizations were awarded across the United States.