Nation Action Network

The National Action Network (NAN) is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation, with chapters throughout the entire U.S. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for social justice, education, and one standard of justice and decency for all people regardless of race, religion, national origin, and gender.  NAN works tirelessly to protect civil rights and respond to crises across the country.


Reverend Sharpton has identified education as the civil rights issue of the 21st century and partnered with conservatives and liberals alike to advance the agenda of improving education for all students and closing the achievement gap for minority and underprivileged students. NAN’s work in education includes a national tour with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, large scale rallies on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and around the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and an Oval Office meeting with President Obama.

Police Misconduct

NANhas worked tireless on behalf of the victims of police misconduct and their families. Perhaps the most well known example is the police shooting of Sean Bell. Through its advocacyNANimpacted public policy. For example in New York , a law was introduced in the wake of the Bell shooting which requiring police officers involved in a shooting be subject to blood alcohol  testing.NANworks with the authorities to ensure a just and fair investigation is conducted and all citizens are held accountable to the law.


NAN promotes a message of non-violence and encourages dialogue on how to address violent actions in communities of color across the nation. Reverend Sharpton andNAN bring together leaders in government and the community to foster positive change.NAN works closely with the youth community in this initiative.


The Initiative was created in order to reduce the dialogue of indecency that has become pervasive throughout communities of color. The Decency Initiative has already caught hold across the nation and continues to inspire people to become active participants through its positive message. The Decency Initiative promotes a message of anti-violence, self respect and pride in heritage. It also advocates against the industry’s use of capitalizing off of denigrating lyrics to describe black culture.

Voter Protection

NAN works to ensure that every vote in every community across the state is counted. During the last presidential electionNAN brought together civil rights leaders, churches, student leaders and activists from around the country, to create the “Not this Time” campaign, which worked in swing states to ensure voter protection and voter access.


NAN has over 40 chapters across the country and thousands of members. These members share a commitment to civil rights and frequently mobilize to protect and prevent against injustices. Most recently, in August 2010, on the anniversary of Dr. King’s March onWashington 30,000 people gathered in DC to reclaim the dream.

For more information contact the DeKalb/Stone Mountain Chapter

(678) 661-9261



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