Black Lives Matter.
That was the message of our peaceful moment and photo opportunity Thursday, August 14, 2014, on the steps of Colorado Springs City Hall.
We mourned the murder of unarmed teen Michael Brown. We expressed condolences to his family. We stood in solidarity with his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri as it calls for justice and an end to police brutality.
In Missouri, in Colorado, in California, in New York ... the list has grown far too long. Police brutality is killing us and it must end.
Read Lisa Walton's news story and view Mark Reis' photographs here.
Hear the inspirational and aspirational message of Keynote Speaker Lamell McMorris when the NAACP State Conference hosts its Annual State Convention, the inaugural Rocky Mountain Civil Rights Leadership Institute. Freedom Fighters and the leaders of government, business, faith, community, civic and other organizations will convene at locations in Denver, Colorado and Aurora, Colorado beginning October 16, 2014 and ending October 18, 2014.
Themed "All In For Justice & Equality" the Institute will feature hands-on, interactive, skill-based opportunities to build strategy around the NAACP's Five Game Changers and to plan how participants will take what they learn back to their communities.
On October 16, attendees and community members will convene for a Gospel Explosion & Food for the Soul Welcome. On October 17, participants will work during a NAACP Game-Changer Day of Action before re-convening for the Freedom Fund Community Awards Reception & Gala featuring keynote McMorris, recording artist Tony Exum Jr. and other special guests. On October 18, participants will convene for an Opening Plenary, work together in their Game Changer caucus groups, be challenged by compelling speakers and workshop leaders and gather for a final Closing Plenary ceremony.
Registration is open. Click here for details.
"There are gaping disparities in academic achievement and health, disproportionate impact in criminal justice policy and police attention, and there is a cry to build economic and environmental sustainability in our communities," said State President Rosemary Harris Lytle. "So the NAACP must answer. We have adopted policy at our Annual Convention, now we will adapt that policy for use in our State-Area Conference and later we will take it back to our local communities.
"This is how we change the game, issue by issue, so that together we can create long-lasting change where it is needed most."
Thought Leader, Strategist, Change Agent, Lytle is a newspaper journalist turned NAACP Freedom Fighter and CO MT WY State Conference President. She was elected Chair of Midwest Region IV for the NAACP 105th Annual Convention. Rosemary first joined the organization at age 16 after winning an Essay Contest sponsored by the Gary Branch NAACP. For 8 years, she served as President of the NAACP Colorado Springs Branch. In December, she was appointed to the NAACP President & CEO Search Committee which selected Dr. Cornell William Brooks. Her hot topics: criminal justice reform -- including death penalty abolition & community re-entry for those previously incarcerated, labor & economic justice, climate action, ending the educational achievement gap, LGBTQ equality, health equity, voting rights, ending discrimination in all its forms.