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CNN:Florida rejects social studies textbooks that mention social justice, taking a knee and other content of ‘concern’
The state education department’s decision has sparked criticism, including from NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, who said the organization refuses to “stand by and allow fascism to rule over fact.”

MSNBC:Into America: Policing Jackson
And what’s most unique about what they’re seeking to do, they’re only imposing this on the city of Jackson. No other jurisdiction in the state of Mississippi will have this type of oversight and taking of local authority. That is a direct violation of equal protection.

Bloomberg:Kamala Harris Is Finding Her Stride as Team Biden’s Voice to Black Voters
NAACP President Derrick Johnson said he hopes Harris stays visible. The administration “must see the asset that she brings to the public discourse,” he said.

NPR:Can you pull yourself up by the bootstraps? NAACP warns of ‘state takeover’
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a new set of laws that would bolster the power of law enforcement and make other changes. The NAACP’s Abre’ Conner talks about the organization’s challenge to the new laws.

Baltimore Business Journal:NAACP seeks developer to reimagine Northwest Baltimore headquarters site
The group’s three-acre headquarters in Northwest Baltimore is up for redevelopment, a request for qualifications released this week says.

Bisnow:NAACP Seeking Developers To Overhaul Its Baltimore HQ
The nation’s oldest civil rights organization said Tuesday it is accepting proposals as part of its search for a partner to overhaul the Benjamin L. Hooks Building at 4805 Mount Hope Drive in a way that reflects its values, as part of its Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector initiative.

MPB:NAACP’s case against the governor put on hold due to a recent injunction
This decision led the judge presiding over a federal lawsuit between the NAACP and Governor Tate Reeves to cancel initial hearings for the case that were scheduled for Friday morning. Joe Schottenfeld, the Assistant General Counsel for the NAACP, says the injunction gives everyone involved more time. “The injunction and stay that Judge Thomas entered yesterday is very temporary,” he said. “it’s really only designed to preserve the rights of the parties until after he’s at the hearing next Wednesday.”

Houston Chronicle: Some predominantly Black, high-needs HISD schools discipline nearly half of students, data shows 
“Schools really have a problem and the more schools deny that problem, the more it tends to exist,” said Ivory Toldson, National Director of Education for the NAACP and professor at Howard University.

Poynter: Investigation into welfare money steered to Brett Favre wins Pulitzer for Mississippi Today reporter
Days after the investigation was published, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on April 7, asking for a Department of Justice investigation into Bryant’s influence.

BR Proud: BR NAACP president to help get Corey Miller out of Angola Prison
The NAACP announced the president of the Baton Rouge branch will join in advocating for Corey Miller’s innocence and freedom. According to a news release from the NAACP, Eugene Collins will join Miller’s legal and management team. Miller has been serving a life sentence with the Louisiana Department of Corrections since his conviction in 2009. According to the NAACP, there is doubt the trial was fair and evidence potentially showing he’s innocent.

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