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WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 /-USNewswire/ -- National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) executive director and CEO, Melanie L. Campbell, released the following statement today on President-elect Barack Obama's announcement of his national security team:
"The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation applauds President-elect Barack Obama for his resolve and commitment to bring change to America. He has assembled a talented, bi-partisan and diverse national security team that will undoubtedly restore America's status around the world, and boost confidence here in the United States.
"Since 1976 the NCBCP has led the fight to eliminate barriers to civic participation, increase African American participation in the democratic process, and develop African American leadership, envisioning a nation where all people can lead our government regardless of race, gender, class or culture. Obama's appointment of three women -- including Susan Rice, an African American -- to key cabinet positions signals a turning point toward the diversity we seek. An administration that reflects "the people" is a crucial component of the change America needs, especially in these turbulent times.
"We commend President-elect Obama for his bold vision to bring together a stellar team of experts. The selection of Susan E. Rice as ambassador to the United Nations, along with naming Valerie Jarrett to serve as senior advisor and assistant to president for intergovernmental relations and public liaison; and Melody Barnes as director of the Domestic Policy Council, indicates that President-elect Obama is determined to assemble an inclusive administration that is ready to serve on day one.
"The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation has complete confidence that these women will bring a wealth of experience and a unique cultural perspective to the new administration. Unquestionably, women will play a pivotal role in peacekeeping efforts and conflict resolution. As our esteemed board member, Dr. Dorothy I. Height says, African American women get it done."