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The National Coalition of Black Civic Participation announces new partnership with Clark Atlanta University

Sophie-Ann McCulloch

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The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) has announced its new partnership with Clark Atlanta University (CAU) at the 2021 CAU Commencement Convocation on May 15.

This partnership aims to establish the NCBCP Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Southern Civic Engagement, Leadership & Social Justice Institute (NCBCP TWD Social Justice Institute) and Southern Regional Office.

President Clark Atlanta University, George French, Jr., Ph.D., has received a $1 million partnership investment from NCBCP President & CEO and Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, Melanie L. Campbell, and Chairman of the NCBCP Board of Directors, Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.

The investment will serve as the initial funding to build the NCBCP TWD Social Justice Institute.

Other supporters of the institute’s establishment are Dr. William Pickard, the Verizon Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

“The National Coalition was founded in May 1976 and we are celebrating the 45th Anniversary throughout 2021. One of our 45th-anniversary goals was to expand our work in the South, where over 60 percent of the Black population lives,” said Campbell.

She continued: “As we enter a new chapter in our organization’s history, we are delighted to partner with Clark Atlanta University to establish the NCBCP Thomas W. Dortch, Jr. Civic Engagement, Leadership, and Social Justice Institute and Southern Regional Office.”

“The institute will provide a unique opportunity to invest in the next generation of civil rights, women’s rights, and social justice leadership to continue the fight for racial, economic, gender and social justice that lies ahead.”

The institute will dedicate itself to broad social justice topics, including civics education, voting rights, youth civic leadership development, women’s empowerment, Black male initiatives, and power building. Furthermore, it will give internships, research assistantships, and fellowships every year to undergraduate and graduate students at CAU and other HBCUs in the South.

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