It is with mixed emotions and deep reluctance that I announce that my longtime friend and associate Maurice Franklin of New York has resigned from the Board of Directors of the National Black Justice Coalition.

As a founding member of NBJC, Maurice Franklin has been a tremendous asset and an ardent supporter of America’s only Black same-gender loving civil rights organization. 

Most recently, Maurice served as the 2nd Vice-President on NBJC’s Board.

With the resignation of Maurice from NBJC’s board, and my leaving the board earlier this year after Keith Boykin’s resignation, only one founding member remains on the board, the Human Rights Campaign’s Donna Payne.

Maurice, who is a former executive staff member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has been a good example of leadership in our community and I am sure that he will continue in that spirit as he moves on into the next chapter of his life.

One thing that people should know about Maurice, is that if it hadn’t been for him, the term same-gender loving (SGL) wouldn’t have been in the mission statement for NBJC.  Keith, myself, and Maurice worked dillegently to make sure that we acknowledged those in our community that didn’t identify with the commonly used term LGBT and preferred SGL and managed to convince our collagues at the time, why it was important to embrace both terms and not one over the other and for that I am eternally grateful.

Maurice it was a pleasure to serve with you on the board and an even greater pleasure to have you as my brother by my side. Onward and upward baby!