FIGHTING TO ERADICATE N-WORD SLUR

Advancing healthy self-worth, dignity, mutual respect and introspection throughout the African American community starts with addressing the labels placed on us – either from others or ourselves.

Since 1991, the Foundation’s Founder Tammie Lang Campbell has been on a mission to eradicate the N word. She started by petitioning Merriam-Webster and Random House to redefine or remove this offensive racial slur from their dictionaries. On July 7, 2007, Campbell buried the N word during a symbolic service in Pearland, Texas that was covered by CNN. Unfortunately, some people have refused to let this offensive and denigrating racial slur die.

In Proverbs 22:1, King Solomon stated, "A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches." To reclaim blacks' good name/character, the Foundation launched the anti-N-word campaign. This campaign, which is supported by Hawaii Rep John Mizuno, former New York City Councilman and now Senator Leroy Comrie, Houston Area Urban League President Judson Robinson and Hawaii NAACP President Alphonso Braggs, is designed to liberate minds from this racial slur and promote healing and mutual respect among all.

View the timeline of highlighted initiatives below.

2016: Open Letter To President Obama: “Mr. President – When Did You Decide to be a Ni**a?”
Addressing President Obama accepting comedian calling him “my ni**a” at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (click to view)

2013: Partnership with Missouri City
- Foundation partnered with Missouri City Mayor to donate revised Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn without the n-word to Fort Bend Library System
- Mayor Honored Foundation's Founder and Executive Director for Anti-N-Word Campaign
- (click blue links to view coverage - KRIV Local Fox 26, Fort Bend News and Houston Style Magazine)

2013: To redefine the n-word and promote racial healing, released a video (click to view) titled, “The Real Meaning of N-I-G-G-E-R," during a Black History event, “N-word Past vs. N-word Present,” that was covered by the local NBC affiliate; the entire event is posted on the outlet’s website (click to view part 1) (click to view part 2) (click to view part 3) (click to view part 4)

2012: Donation of Revised "Huckleberry Finn" Novel Without the N-word to schools (click to view)

2011: Hawaii and Texas Lawmakers Honor Honey Brown Hope Foundation's Founder/Executive Director for N-Word Initiative (click to view)

2011: Press Conference: Activist Who Buried the N-Word on CNN in '07 Urges Support for Revised "Huckleberry Finn" (click to view)

2011: Pledge to Buy First 100 Copies of Revised "Huckleberry Finn" Novel Without the N-word (click to view)

2011: “Can We Ever Bury the N-word” Editorial (click to view)

2010: Houston Community College (Houston, TX) Apologizes to the Foundation's Founder and Executive Director for Spike Lee Using the N-word at the College’s 2010 Black History Scholarship Gala
(click to view)

2010: N-word Survey

2010: Houston Chronicle N-word Editorial (click to view)

2007: Coverage of N-word Burial in Texas (CNN, Raw Story, Washington Times and Houston Chronicle)

1991: The Foundation's Executive Director and Founder Petitions Random House Dictionary to Change the N-word Definition (click to view)

1991: The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement for Colored People) Thanks the Foundation's Executive Director and Founder for Bringing Random House Dictionary's Defamatory Definition of the N-word to Their Attention (click to view)