This year, we are commemorating the Seventh Anniversary of the National Black Republican Association (NBRA) that was organized as an all-volunteer group of grassroots activists with an education mission and a focus on recapturing the rich civil rights legacy of the Republican Party.
Since the inception of the NBRA in August 2005, we have accomplished a great deal. Our activities over the past seven years include:
(1) sponsoring two grassroots activist training courses – one in Florida and the other in Washington, DC; (2) co-sponsoring three Conservative Political Action (CPAC) Conferences; (3) publishing four editions of our magazine, The Black Republican; (4) airing election-year radio ads in 2006, 2008 and 2012 on stations that target black Americans; (5) placing 80 "Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican" billboards in battleground states. Images of two of our billboards are below. Notably, we put up 50 of our MLK billboards in Denver, Colorado during the 2008 Democratic Party's National Convention; (6) co-sponsoring our first annual Black Republican Forum at the Women's National Republican Club in New York City; (7) placing NBRA booths at the national NAACP Convention and the National Urban League Conference; and (8) providing educational materials to grassroots activists, as well as Republican Party leaders and candidates for elected offices around the country.
As a result of our grassroots activism, we garnered over five million hits on our website each year, starting in 2006.
The E-newsletters that we publish from time to time are sent over the Internet to our over 40,000 grassroots activists, who, in turn, forward them to the people on their e-mail lists. We estimate that our E-newsletters reach over five million people.
We have had a significant impact on our national dialogue on the issue of race and the two political parties. Information about the true history of civil rights is being included in the programs of radio and TV talk show hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. Also, major authors are including civil rights information in their books and articles, including Ann Coulter.
Our plans for the future include implementing an ambitious strategy for communicating our message further nationwide, with a particular emphasis on reaching more young people through college campus forums and the Internet. Our seven years of progress are due to the hard work and dedication of our grassroots activists and supporters, to whom we extend our thanks. We also owe a debt of gratitude to Rev. Wayne Perryman who has done extensive research into the history of civil rights and whose book "Whites, Blacks and Racist Democrats" has proven to be an invaluable resource for our educational campaign.
On November 6, 2012, America was offered two pathways—government supremacy vs. individual liberty. Sadly, the majority of Americans chose to keep control of our country in the hands of President Barack Obama and continue down the path of government supremacy. Education is the key to our nation's future and we must continue fighting to put our nation back on the path to prosperity.
Lieutenant Colonel Frances Rice, United States Army, Retired is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and retired from the Army in 1984 after 20 years of active service. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Drury College in 1973, a Masters of Business Administration from Golden Gate University in 1976, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1977.
In 2005, she became a co-founder and Chairman of the National Black Republican Association, an organization that is committed to returning African Americans to their Republican Party roots.