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Project 21 is a conservative public policy group. The organization refers to itself as "The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives." Its director is David Almasi.
According to its web page, Project 21 is "an initiative of the National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility has not traditionally been echoed by the nation's civil rights establishment." Notable members include Michael King, Kevin Martin[disambiguation needed], Jesse Lee Peterson and Mychal Massie.
Project 21's New Visions Commentaries are published in more than 300 smaller newspapers across the United States—usually as guest columns or editorials.
In response to the 4700 people lynched by mobs between 1882 and 1968 the U.S. Senate in 2005 overwhelmingly passed a bi-partisan resolution apologizing for its historic failure to pass anti-lynching legislation (Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill), in the form of a non-binding resolution sponsored by two southern senators, Democrat Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Republican George Allen of Virginia. In response to this apology, Project 21 issued this statement:
- "I am all for the gracious acceptance of an apology that is due, or for apologizing when I am wrong. But just like giving credit where it is due, an apology only carries weight when it has meaning. And, in the case of the recent apology by Senator Mary Landrieu [D-LA] and her regretful cohorts on Capitol Hill, this apology doesn't amount to a hill of beans—at least not today.”
- "The lynchings of the past, while a sad place in history to recount, is exactly that—history. The best way to avenge this shameful history and make it relevant to us today is not to wallow in the apologies and regrets offered by senators who couldn't be in any way responsible for what occurred, but to supply our own closure by forgiving those who trespassed against us and moving on."
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