This February, HuffPost Black Voices is reputation pitch-black men and women who are paving the way to a better future for pitch-black America. As part of our “Black Future Month” series, we will highlight the operational activities of the deserving individuals who are striving to move the world a more inclusive residence for generations to come .
For the second week of our succession, we’re honoring eight dynamic activists who consistently lift their expressions to empower the pitch-black community. These gallant men and women have taken those discussions circumventing race, police brutality and policy to the next degree. They are revolutionaries who the hell is resulting the modern-day civil right crusade with no contrives of backing down.
These captains assert that all black lives really do stuff.
1 . Patrisse Cullors-Brignac | Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter
Patrisse Cullors-Brignac is one of the three co-founders of one of the stronger and demanding pushes today: Black Lives Matters. Inspired by the acts of Harriet Tubman and the legacies of the Black Power movement, Cullors-Brignac told HuffPost that Black Lives Matter seeks to develop leads. “The work of Black Lives Matter is the work of building Black power, ” she said. “BLM supports the further development of leading cadres of new pitch-black managers, as opposed to that one charismatic savior.”
Cullors-Brignac, who is also the director of the Truth and Reinvestment campaign at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and co-founder of Dignity and Power Now, said she sees blackness as a unifier. “It is more than only phenotype, ” she said. “It is a politic. It is a creed method. Blackness is where I find and unearth my deepest desires.” She told HuffPost that she believes that American politics need to undergo a “radical transformation” in order to vacate the anti-black racism that blights the country.
2. Opal Tometi | Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter
Opal Tometi, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, is an organizer and strategist in several areas. Tometi manager the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and supplies significant support for the Pan African Network in Defense of Migrant Rights and the Black Immigration Network. Modeling her practice after Ella Baker, Tometi has been active in social movements for more than a decade.
Tometi fights for the liberation of all those in the African diaspora and ensures the fight is inclusive. In a blog on HuffPost last year, she wrote, ” … when we say #blacklivesmatter — we necessitate all Black lives concern — regardless of gender or sexual direction, in-migration status, physical disability, income level, criminal record, etc. In order to have a democracy that works for all of us we need the entire nation to challenge anti-Black racism and get involved in this movement for all Black lives.”
3. Alicia Garza | Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter
Alicia Garza tweeted the words, “Black lives matter” in 2011 after the death of Trayvon Martin and, at the time, unknowingly developed a modern-day change. Along with the two other co-founders of Black Lives Matter, Garza has committed to creating a better future for black people. “What we strive for should be more than success in a superficial mode — we can achieve a better black future if we respect our interdependence, commit to learning about its own experience and perspectives of others, fighting to redistribute superpower and natural resources so that every person has enough, and if we rehearse the principle that all individuals deserves human rights, ” she told HuffPost.
Like Cullors-Brignac, Garza is inspired by Harriet Tubman’s amazing efforts. She said that she sees the same spirit Tubman had present in so many black ladies today. Garza and another Black Lives Matter founders are tapping into that character to build fight and assert justice for all pitch-black lives. “To me, being pitch-black means being a part of a vast diaspora that has contributed so much to humanity, ” she said. “Being pitch-black to me means being mystical, innovative, innovative and able to achieve against all odds.”
4. Charlene Carruthers | National head of Black Youth Project 100
Charlene Carruthers is a decisive force in today’s progress. She’s “the member states national” head and driving force behind the Black Youth Project 100( BYP 100 ), an organization that learns and mobilizes young, pitch-black activists. Carruthers ensures that “no Black tribes are left out” in her consistent fight for intersectional freeing. “No one of[ us] are free until we are all free, ” she told The Huffington Post via email. “It means that we all have to chip into liberation job that includes folks who have been to be considered as disposable and been disposed of in our crusades … We have to see our struggles as connected, and that the possibility of setting up dismantling of dictatorial structures is only realized when we are all included and presented room to lead.”
Carruthers is inspired by the many black icons who aren’t in the forefront of black history, such as Marsha P. Johnson and Assata Shakur. She taps into the gift of black people who fought for their freedom in the past and continue to fight today. “Blackness is everything and so large that it can’t fit in one journal, chamber or worldview, ” she said. “Being Black means that I am fully human being, and that I can be dame, queer and a manager at the same time.”
5. Angela Rye | Founder of IMPACT Strategies and political commentator
As the namesake of former Black Panther Angela Davis, Angela Rye aptly delves deep to cater harrowing political note and campaigner for the pitch-black community. Rye improves the next generation of black managers with her nonprofit IMPACT Strategies. She told HuffPost via email in order to advancement “[ w] e must train young pitch-black minds. We must civilize young black leaders.”
Rye, who also reaps political muse from Shirley Chisholm, praised black people’s persistence, urging them to never give up. “Blackness is beautiful, revolutionary, bright, resilient, ” she said. “I am so proud of who we are as a people ESPECIALLY when you consider the obstacles, obstructions, and challenges we face. We are STILL here! We are STILL making a difference! We are STILL becoming history! We BAD( in the most amazing room possible ). “
6. Dante Barry | Executive head of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice
Dante Barry drives tirelessly to educate and empower young people of color. As the heads of state of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, Barry unionizes young people to end mass criminalization and handgun brutality, referring Ella Baker’s leader prototype. “Our work at Million Hoodies Movement for Justice is to build a new generation of managers to meet anti-black racism and systemic brutality, ” Barry told HuffPost.
Barry underlines his group’s plan to retain communities of complexion safe, strong and secure. He use his background in grassroots organization to orchestrate his projects of developing new managers and putting more strength in the sides of pitch-black and dark-brown parties. “This moment calls for utopian progressive transformation by fundamentally changing how capability and republic wallops black parishes, ” he said. “I think that we can collectively achieve a better pitch-black future by continuing to organize in our communities and structure real strength to transform our futures. Our lives depend on it.”
7. Rahiel Tesfamariam | Founder of Urban Cusp
As an activist, public theologian and novelist, Rahiel Tesfamariam is a passing spokesperson for pitch-black millenials. Tesfamariam founded UrbanCusp.com in order to “highlight progressive articulations, new ideas and personas not usually found in mainstream media, offering an online community for like-minded change agents.” Tapping into the fearlessness of Harriet Tubman, Tesfamariam said she use her statements to change memories and inspire beings to action.
Part of that war, is in accordance with Tesfamariam, necessitates unapologetic self-love in pitch-black communities and not settling for reform. “[ W] e must instead have an imaginative eyesight of the world we want to live in, and be committed to being who we have to be in order to usher in that world, ” she told HuffPost. She’s hopeful of a better future partly because of the shear persistence black people have always excreted. “To me, being black means that I am tied to a gift of resilience and unconquerable grace unlike anything else the world has ever seen, ” she said. “We are a brilliant, warrior-like people who have always risen above our hurting in pursuit of our purpose and power.”
8. Ifeoma Ike | Co-Creator of ‘Black and Brown People Vote’
Ifeoma Ike is the prototype of a “chief problem solver.” As the founder of Ike Professionals, co-creator of BlackandBrownPeopleVote.org and deputy executive of New York City’s Young Men’s Initiative, Ike is a woman who wears many hats. “Whether it was get water to Haiti during the cholera outbreak; writing a law memo proving that the murder of Trayvon Martin should prepare as a hate-crime; creating a strategy to recruit 1,000 men of hue to be teachers … my response to damage and conflict is to create, ” she told HuffPost via email. “I cannot quantify the impact of my work; I just know that I have to work.”
Ike said that she’s inspired by the passion and devoutness of Malcolm X, the strategics Baynard Rustin used and acquires a special connection to “chain breakers” such as James Baldwin, Chinua Achebe, Zora Neale Hurston , among others. She explained that the struggle black people face is shared of all the countries and colors must “demand for our lives to be a priority beyond hashtags” in order to achieve success. “To be pitch-black is to strive, but with pattern. To automatically know you have purpose, despite not having privilege, ” she said. “To be pitch-black is to cherish that you can adoration, and hate that you love even the matters that don’t love you back.”
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