NBJC is an amazing organization that I am extremely fortunate to be a part of. The work that is done inspires me to work harder each and every day. The constant focus to create a better life for the Black LGBT community is remarkable, and I can honestly say that the focus is evenly distributed from the L, G, B, and T. Positive changes have occurred because of NBJC and positive changes will continue to occur.
I was recently introduced to NBJC this year, and have continued to be enlightened, encouraged, and inspired by the work of this amazing organization. It's not an easy task to create safe spaces for Black LGBTQ people, and NBJC not only takes this on with fearless commitment, but also works to educate our community on the issues that Black LGBTQ people face. I look forward to seeing the strides that NBJC will continue to make - and also to helping out as a volunteer to continue the fight for equality.
NBJC has served as an instrumental unofficial adviser to my fraternity. As the first LGBT Greek Lettered Organization, we serve as mighty ambassadors of the Black GLBT community and are expected to be present in fight for equality, inclusion and forward progression. We look to NBJC for guidance on current issues affecting our community and see collaboration with NBJC as a major opportunity to get involved with changing the closed minded views of the past.
I am constantly informed by the articles they present. There are many important stories and pieces of information that I don't see presented to the public by other media outlets. I love the work they do and how they bring people together on key social issues.
My first experience with NBJC was at this January's Creating Change conference in Baltimore, MD. They created the space for Black queer persons to come together and having meaningful conversations about improving and reshaping our own community. Since January, NBJC also afforded me the opportunity to attend the White House Briefing for Black LGBT Emerging Leaders. This organization understands the importance of the critical balance between both policy work AND community building that must be achieved in order for persons of color to make progress. I'm proud to know of and stand in solidarity with NBJC's work.
The National Black Justice Coalition has emerged as one of the most prominent organizations working to secure rights and benefits for the LGBT community. The organization takes as its focus the Black LGBT community, and seeks to end homophobia in our society. I had the opportunity to interact with the National Black Justice Coalition in Washington, DC during an event they held in conjunction with the White House. I found those working on behalf of the NBJC to be welcoming, open, and inviting. The organization creates a climate that is conducive to fostering self-esteem and solidarity between the LGBT and straight Black community. I cannot wait to come into close contact with the organization in the future, and I fully support its mission. We need the National Black Justice Coalition!