President Barack Obama recently told convention attendees that he realizes NAN is not the national satisfaction network, it’s the National Action Network. Hearing this declaration from the commander in chief was like a congratulatory pat on the back for the organization’s passionate executive director, Tamika Mallory. “I think that was a great staple for us because it really got people to call us and say that’s exactly what I want to do; I want to be a part of something that is about action,” she says.

“Our mission is to be active in communities with advocacy. We are really on the ground in communities, helping with education reform, jobs, and to get people of color contracts in procurement and employment divisions of merging companies. We really do pride ourselves [on] the word ‘action’ but we’re also an organization that ensures all people regardless of their race, color, belief or sexual orientation are protected and that we receive the same rights that other races and groups are receiving. We know that doesn’t happen easily. NAN is in the driving seat of being an advocate for our community,” says Mallory.

NAN’s mission is etched in Mallory’s soul. She’s been an organizer and activist for the community-based organization since she was a teenager. Mallory’s fervent voice was the first to decry the repeated use of the N-word, B-word and H-word to address women and the people African American descent as well as on the issue of gun violence.

“One of the catalysts for me being offered this [national leadership] position was that I organized two significant [movements]. One was our decency campaign where we went into record companies and to our artist family and said that we thought that women should not be degraded as a form of entertainment and for profit. [The second] has been an ongoing effort where I have been able to bring gun violence out as a national issue. I have been able to coordinate with smaller grassroots organizations and give them an opportunity to be heard by government, in particular, in New York City,” says Mallory.

Mallory’s challenges didn’t go unnoticed. Today, there has been stronger oversight from radio networks and on music videos and combined efforts with other organizations like the NAACP who took up the cause to Bury the N-Word. NAN’s efforts brought a group of state senators together to create the SNUG (guns spelled backwards) campaign, where funding is provided to community-based groups that conduct anti-violence and anti-gang work.

On being viewed as a mentor, Mallory offers, “It’s the highest honor to be called a mentor to someone. I have been doing it with Mary-Pat Hector, who has a group called Youth in Action. I have been there [to] help walk her through the challenges and give her opportunities to meet people. I have ushered in the next generation of leaders into this organization by hiring younger people who otherwise may not have been able to get the types of jobs and have the types of responsibilities that I am giving them the opportunity to have.”

Mallory is the mother of 12-year-old Tarique. –yvette caslin

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  • Ebony

    MS. Tamika has helped Youth in Action in so many ways. We love Ms. Tamika.

  • Bianca

    Thanks for all you do.

  • Love 2act

    You are the best and you always dresses to a t.

  • Prayzefestgospel Hour

    Outstanding! Continued success to you all

  • Prayzefestgospel Hour

    Outstanding! Continued success to you all

  • Vivian EPPS

    I decided to give up my plea for the 2 1/2 years on-going phonix arizona child custody injustice against my Black college student mother from the White ex-convict,closet-gay,high school dropout child abandon/forced abduction ex-boyfriend/Father(we discovered his  kept dark past after my college daughter was 3 month pregnant and she immediately terminated the relationship) UNTIL I found Tamika Mallory internet statement which is exactly what I have been saying and her statement has inspired the fire back into me inwhich I hope for ACTION support from her for a Black mother whom has had her Civil Rights Justice Violated by Judges for their support of the Fatherhood Program, which supposed to be for good-fathers to win custody hearings BUT the judges allowed the White ex-boyfriend/Bad-father whom did domestic violence on the Black single Mother in front of her then 2 age toddler daughter to WIN CUSTODY of her child AFTER the Judges DISMISS Hearsay allegations against the mother by CPS/Child abandon ex-boyfriend/Father.

    The Black mother should have gotten her child back after all allegations(without evidence) of the case were DISMISS, the HEARTLESS White Judges even had photo proof of the toddler on-going injuries while in the care of the child-abandon Ex-boyfriend/Father (CPS supported the child hotline voice message the sociopath white ex-boyfriend/Father said about the black mother that she wants to kill her child, self and mother being with an undiagnosis mental disease and child birth resulted by artificial insemination—–all were lies) AND before the Judges gave custody and DISMISS case, the White Judges had the lengthy Criminal History of the ex-boyfriend/Father and the LENGTHY CRMINAL HISTORY (of the suspected White Male Transgender DISGUISED as a female) as his WIFE that the Black Mother produced, now 2 ex-convicts are raising her only child, the black mother has NOT seen her child for 3 years and now the child will be age 5 come August 9, 2012. ALL THE WHITE FOLKS IN STATE & FEDERAL  positions in phoenix arizona does not want to CORRECT this TRAVESTY of JUSTICE, I was denied help from the AZ FBI and even from the ARIZONA Governor Jan Brewer, even when the Black Mother request for NAACP President Oscal Tillman to be her spokeperson for her Hearing, White Juudge Benjamin Norris ignored her request by not giving a reply but re-change the Hearing at short notice for their clerk to contact the Black mother the same day the Hearing was held which gave the mother 2 hours to appear and the Hearing lasted 4 minutes of CASE DISMISS with her child left in harms way custody to the white ex-boufriend/Father and the Court REFUSED the Black mother request for the Father wife to get a court order GYN Physical for gender validation for the  AZ LAW stipulates that 2 males cannot marry and the white court officials are acknowledge the father’s wife as the childs’ Step-Mother,