Task Force's Roddrick Colvin Named to Board of Black Justice Coalition

December 19, 2003

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

From our friends at the Black Justice Coalition:

December 18, 2003

Contact: Jasmyne Cannick
(323) 634-2019



LOS ANGELES - The National Black Justice Coalition today announced its official board members. The board members are: Keith Boykin of New York, NY; Jasmyne Cannick of Los Angeles, CA; Mandy Carter of Durham, NC; Roddrick Colvin of New York, NY; Maurice Franklin of New York, NY; Donna Payne of Washington, DC; Frank Roberts of New York, NY; Sonya Shields of New York, NY. The board consists of four women and four men of African descent.

Author Keith Boykin and HRC Senior Field Organizer Donna Payne will serve as the board's president and vice-president, respectively. Roddrick Colvin will serve as secretary. Southerners on New Ground (SONG) Executive Director Mandy Carter will serve as the interim chair for the coalition's grassroots committee. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Jasmyne Cannick will chair the media committee and serve as the public relations representative. Frank Roberts, a senior at New York University, will chair the youth committee, a sub-committee of the grassroots committee. Maurice Franklin was selected to chair the civil rights committee, and Ernest Hopkins will chair the political committee.

The mission of the National Black Justice Coalition is to break down the barriers of prejudice in black and lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual communities through education, visibility and other activity.

The National Black Justice Coalition will conduct a nationwide campaign to generate black support for marriage equality and to fight against the recently proposed Federal Marriage Amendment.

The National Black Justice Coalition is an ad hoc coalition of black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community leaders, public figures and activists who have come together to fight against discrimination in their community.



The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.