Nekima Levy-Pounds is a civil rights attorney, an award-winning professor of law at the University of St. Thomas Law School, and a tireless advocate for social justice. She serves as the chair of the Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and she is a co-chair of Everybody In, a group of more than 40 stakeholders from different sectors dedicated to improving employment opportunities for people of color by 2020. Nekima is also active in the local Black Lives Matter movement, working with young people to raise awareness of systemic issues that impact African Americans. As a blogger and racial justice activist, Nekima’s work has been featured in the Star Tribune, MinnPost, Minnesota Women’s Press, Minnesota Lawyer, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and on Minnesota Public Radio.
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Special session drama, Nekima Levy-Pounds, bird flu update, Minnesotas Military Family Tribute, 100 Things to Do in the Twin Cities Before You Die, tpts American Graduate initiative, former lawmaker panel Original Broadcast: 06/12/2015 Length: 1 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds.
It has taken me so long to post about last night’s Minneapolis NAACP elections, because frankly I was overwhelmed with gratitude by the love & support that many of you showed me. I am eternally grateful that so many of you showed up, made the sacrifice to pay the membership fee, & voted in the election. It was remarkable to watch the changing of the guards take place before my very eyes. Thank you for choosing me to serve as your president of the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP!! I will not let you down!
I am blessed to know that we made history last night by electing a cabinet made up entirely of women– black women–which apparently has never happened before. The photo includes all of the remarkable women who were elected, save one, Lissa L Jones. It will be my honor to serve with these ladies as we stand and fight for justice and a break from the status quo. God is with us. And if He is for us, who can be against us?
Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 12th from 6:30-8:00pm at Northpoint Health and Wellness at 1315 Penn Ave. N. All officers will be given the oath of office on that evening, so please join us!
Thank you all again for your love, prayers, & support! It made all the difference in our success.
Blessings and much love to you all!
Nekima, President-elect, Minneapolis NAACP
Nekima Levy-Pounds announces candidacy to become NAACP leader
Posted by: Libor Jany under People and neighborhoods Updated: April 16, 2015 – 8:39 PM (Full Article)
Nekima Levy-Pounds holds the M. Shanara Gilbert Award from the Association of American Law Schools.
Pledging to “shift the paradigm in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities for people of color,” Nekima Levy-Pounds, a college law professor and civil rights activist, announced her candidacy today for president of the Minneapolis NAACP chapter.
The outspoken Levy-Pounds, who has been at the forefront of the local “Black Lives Matter” movement, turned her sights on the leadership of the beleaguered chapter, announcing her candidacy in a Facebook post on Thursday. The incumbent, Rev. Jerry McAfee, has come under criticism in recent months for letting the chapter slip into dormancy, IBNN News reported.
Minnesota NAACP chairman W.C. Jordan said in an interview with the website that he had been “instructed and given the authority” by the organization’s national office to call a special election this spring for McAfee’s seat. The election will be held on May 2.
“As many of you are aware, communities of color in Minnesota are facing intolerable racial disparities in every key indicator of quality of life,” Levy-Pounds said in the statement. “Well frankly, I feel that enough is enough.”
The statement continued:
“I am tired of politics getting in the way of justice. I am tired of people making excuses about the gaps in unemployment and education. I am tired of seeing African Americans being criminalized and unfairly punished at every hand. And I am tired of folks being comfortable with the status quo. It is for these reasons that I have decided to run for president of a long-standing and important community institution, such as the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP.”
Our pre-mass speaker is Nekima Levy Pounds, professor of law at the University of St. Thomas, director of the Community Justice Project and nationally recognized leader for human and civil rights. In this talk, Nekima Levy-Pounds will shed light on the social justice challenges facing communities of color in the Twin Cities and nationally, as well as the opportunities to effect change.