I am saddened by the decision that the board of directors of the National Association of Black Journalists has made to leave the alliance of UNITY: Journalists of Color.
I understand that this is a business decision, that the NABJ board members are doing what they think is best for their organization. And I wish them well.
As the newsroom census report recently released by ASNE makes clear, our mission is not over. UNITY will continue to advocate for communities of color to be fairly and accurately covered in the media.
And we will keep advocating on behalf of all journalists of color.
The programming committee for the UNITY 2012 convention in Las Vegas has begun planning innovative workshops and sessions of interest to all journalists. We welcome everyone committed to our mission to attend the convention. And we will always welcome feedback and encourage suggestions from NABJ members.
So although the NABJ board has made this decision, we will never shut the door nor turn our backs on our friends and colleagues.