On Tuesday, November 12, at 8:00 p.m., in Baltimore, Maryland, the NAACP will host a tele-town hall on one of the most important civil cases in decades, Comcast Corp. v. National Association of African American-Owned Media. NAACP General Counsel Brad Berry and NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson will be joined by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Kamala Harris (D-California) to discuss the impending implications of the Supreme Court turning back the clock on one of the country’s longest-standing civil rights laws–Section 1981.
Comcast, the largest U.S. cable provider, is urging the Supreme Court to slash a vital protection that allows Black businesses and contractors to challenge racial discrimination under a law that has been in existence since 1866. If successful, Comcast, backed by the Trump administration, will upend the critical Civil Rights Act and make it extremely difficult for Black businesses and contractors to prove they have been victims of discrimination.
The town hall will address why this issue affects countless Black entrepreneurs and what can be done to protect Section 1981.