Back in September, Chris Rabb of Afro-Netizen, Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend, Garlin Gilchrist of SuperSpade and I sat down at the Democratic National Convention to rap with Ben Jealous, the new president of the NAACP. It was off-the-record so I can’t tell you what we talked about. Props to Chris for bringing us to the table.

What I can tell you was that Jealous listened and also talked about making some changes in how the NAACP communicates with black people. And about black people. I came away saying to myself, well — we’ll see. I’ll give a brother a chance.

A few months down the road and I’m pleased to see that they have just launched a twitter account: @naacp & @naacpwebcast. They don’t have many followers yet so do them a favor and please follow them.  When the NAACP starts following @jjpolitics, @ch3ryl & @baratunde on twitter (or anyone for that matter), lord knows a bizzatch will be delighted (you’d be surprised how many black people are on twitter).

So far, I’m very encouraged by some signs of modernization. There’s still plenty of work to do though for all of us.

I’ll be heading down to LA-LA land tomorrow to moderate a panel where we’ll discuss the new era of civil rights leadership and how it’s manifesting itself online. And why that’s really important, cool and powerful. Here’s the formal description. If you live in the Los Angeles area, come on down. Should be a good ole time…

Wednesday, February 11, Beverly Hills CA
Netroots Nation Los Angeles: Civil Rights 2.0

In the Obama era, where politics intertwines with technology, how are traditional groups bridging the gap to recruit and lead a new generation of activists online? Join Netroots Nation, the California NAACP Youth & College Division and the New Leaders Council Los Angeles Chapter for a conversation with NAACP Youth & College Division National Director Stefanie Brown and the California NAACP Youth & College Division President Sean Dugar. On the eve of the organization celebrating its 100 years of creating change and working to advance civil rights, how will it shift gears to continue to meet the issues and challenges of the 21st century? Cheryl Contee of Jack & Jill Politics will moderate. A coffee and dessert reception will follow. Click here for details and to register.

The archived video for the Netroots Nation panel that I moderated during Inauguration Week is now up by the way. It was a really great discussion with some heavy hitters: Sam Graham-Felsen, Mike Lux, Ari Melber, and Amanda Terkel talked about what’s next for online organizing and new media in the post-election reality. I feel it’s really important to note that no one on that panel and no one in that audience had had much sleep the night before due to much inaugural ball partying. Be kind.

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