July 10th- National Briefing
Reclaiming Racial Justice for Us All:
Women of Color Speak Out on MBK
On June 17 a letter from over 1,400 Women of Color entitled “Why We Can’t Wait: Women of Color Urge Inclusion in ‘My Brother’s Keeper’” was sent to President Obama. The open letter questions how attempts to address the challenges facing males of color – without integrating a comparable focus on the complex lives of girls and women who live and struggle together in the same families, homes, schools, and neighborhoods – advances the interests of the community as a whole. The women who came together to lift up this issue come from all walks of life. They are activists, academics, artists, students, teachers, nurses, day laborers, business owners, community leaders, stakeholders, mothers of sons, and mothers of daughters. These women, identifying as straight, queer and transgender, all share a commitment to the expansion of “My Brothers Keeper” (MBK) and all other national youth interventions to include an explicit focus on the structural conditions that negatively impact all youth of color.
Thursday July 10th @ 12 PM EST/ 9 AM PST
Please join some of the activists and thought leaders behind the open letter for a frank discussion on why we can't wait to include women and girls in the President's most significant racial justice initiative to date.
Moderated by GRITtv's Laura Flanders, the conversation will provide information about the content of ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ and will present a case for the inclusion of girls and women in this exclusively-male initiative.
Our Conversation Will Cover:
- What is the “endangered species” frame that informs MBK and how does it fail to serve all youth of color, boys as well as girls?
- Why are girls and women of color “hidden in plain sight” and what are the consequences to the community as a whole?
- What’s really behind the belief that including women and girls jeopardizes the interests of young men and boys?
- How are concerns about women and girls of color “outlawed” within our communities and what can we do to reverse these dynamics?
- What would a robust, inclusive and effective MBK really look like?
- Why must we not wait to reclaim a vision of racial justice that centers the concerns of the entire community, women as well as men, girls as well as boys?
Featured Speakers Include:
- Laura Flanders (Moderator) Host and Founder, GRITtv
- Kimberle Crenshaw Co-Founder, The African American Policy Forum
- Brittney Cooper Co-Founder, The Crunk Feminist Collective, Writer at Salon - "'Not Going to Lie Down and Take It': Black Women are Being Overlooked by this President" -"My Brother's Keeper and the Co-Optation of Intersectionality"
- Rosa Linda Fregoso Professor, Former Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Salamishah Tillet Co-Founder, A Long Walk Home - "Why Girls of Color Should Be Included in My Brother's Keeper"
- Joanne Smith Founder and Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity
- Kristie Dotson Professor of Philosophy,Michigan State University
- Nakisha Lewis Board Member, Resource Generation
- Rachel Gilmer Grassroots Organizer and Activist
This event is hosted by the African American Policy Forum.
Who is behind the campaign to realign My Brother's Keeper?
We are a group of activists, academics, and stakeholders who are working collaboratively to broaden the scope of MBK and similar initiatives. We work together and individually to elevate the need for antiracism to embrace a commitment against gender hierarchy, structural racism and all converging axis of domination.
Some of the key organizers include:
Oscar Blayton Kiese Laymon
Paul Butler Nakisha Lewis
Devon Carbado Darnell Moore
Brittney Cooper Mark Anthony Neal
Kimberle Williams Crenshaw Marlon Peterson
Kristie Dotson Aishah Shahidah Simmons
Farah Griffin Joanne N Smith
Ricardo Guthrie Salamishah Tillet
Luke Charles Harris Scheherazade Tillet
Below, check out a selection of fantastic op-eds and interviews by this group of key organizers, and colleagues.
-"We Need to Be Our Brother's and Sister's Keeper" by Luke Charles Harris at Black Press USA:
-"Why Girls of Color Should Be Included in My Brother's Keeper" by Salamishah Tillet at The Root
-"Why Did President Obama Leave Out the Girls?" by Paul Butler at CNN
-"'Not Going to Lie Down and Take It': Black Women are Being Overlooked by this President" by Brittney Cooper at Salon
-"Black Men and White Women Leapfrog Over Black Women" by Oscar Blayton at Black Press USA
-"Am I My Sister's Keeper?: An Interview with Kiese Laymon" by Hope Wabuke at Ms. Magazine
-"Black Girls Also Victims of Gun Violence" by Marlon Peterson at Black Press USA
-”Darnell L. Moore on Love, Liberation and Critiquing ‘My Brother’s Keeper” by Darnell Moore at EBONY
-"A Systems Perspective to ‘My Brother’s Keeper" by Marlon Peterson at The Brooklyn Reader
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NOTE: Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only and do not imply the endorsement of the listed institution.
Why We Can't Wait: Women of Color Urge Inclusion in "My Brother's Keeper"
June 17, 2014
President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C.. 20500
Dear President Obama,
We write to join the concerns expressed by the letter from 200 Black Men about My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), and to share our hopes that together, we can re-align this important Initiative to reflect the values of inclusion, equal opportunity and shared fate that have propelled our historic struggle for racial justice forward.
While we applaud the efforts on the part of the White House, private philanthropy, social justice organizations and others to move beyond colorblind approaches to race-specific problems, we are profoundly troubled about the exclusion of women and girls of color from this critical undertaking. The need to acknowledge the crisis facing boys should not come at the expense of addressing the stunted opportunities for girls who live in the same households, suffer in the same schools, and struggle to overcome a common history of limited opportunities caused by various forms of discrimination.
We simply cannot agree that the effects of these conditions on women and girls should pale to the point of invisibility, and are of such little significance that they warrant zero attention in the messaging, research and resourcing of this unprecedented Initiative. When we acknowledge that both our boys and girls struggle against the odds to succeed, and we dream about how, working together, we can develop transformative measures to help them realize their highest aspirations, we cannot rest easy on the notion that the girls must wait until another train comes for them. Not only is there no exceedingly persuasive reason not to include them, the price of such exclusion is too high and will hurt our communities and country for many generations to come.
Those who have justified the exclusive gender focus of MBK often remind us that male youth of color are like the miner’s canary: their plight warns us that something is wrong in the mine. Indeed, something is desperately wrong when so many of our youth are falling victim to the consequences of punitive discipline, underfunded schools, poor job prospects, declining investments in public space, decreasing access to higher education, and worsening prospects on the job market.
Clearly American society continues to be a toxic environment for many of our young people. Yet male-exclusive initiatives seem to lose sight of the implications of the canary’s distress: it is not a signal that only male canaries are suffering. It makes no sense to equip the canary with a mentor, a gas mask and or some other individual-level support while leaving the mine as it is and expecting the females to fend for themselves. If the air is toxic, it is toxic for everyone forced to breathe it.
The President is right that our youth need to be sent a message that they are valued, that their lives matter and that someone cares enough for them to invest time, resources and attention to confront the obstacles undermining their futures. Yet apparently, the “kids” who warrant such wide-scale investment do not include girls and young women of color. But, let this much be clear: today, many women and girls of color are under siege in the United States and the myth that they are not must be challenged.
Our daughters’ lives are disproportionately at risk, as data on violent victimization make clear. Native American girls are victims of rape or sexual assault at more than double the rate of other racial groups, while Black girls have the highest rates of interpersonal victimization from assault and are more likely to know their assailant than all other groups. Additionally, the homicide rate among Black girls and women ages 10-24 is higher than for any other group of females, and higher than white and Asian men as well.
Our daughters’ access to education is disproportionately compromised. Black girls are more than 3 times more likely to be suspended from school than white girls, and are disproportionately funneled through the juvenile justice systems. This is the first step in a process that leads to the over incarceration of Black women, whom are 3x more likely to wind up behind bars than white women. Additionally, the four-year graduation rate for Latinas is the lowest among all girls. Dropping out of high school places all youth at risk, but the negative effects on their long term economic security is even greater for girls than it is for boys.
Our daughters’ economic futures are disproportionately undermined by wage and wealth inequality. Women of color face both gender and race barriers in the job market, and typically make less than both men of color and white women. The median wealth for Latinas is $120 and for Black women it is $100 dollars, This means that just about half of Black women and Latinas are forced to walk an economic high wire without any net whatsoever. Considering that the majority of all households depend on women’s wages and wealth, the economic future of female youth is vital to the community as a whole, including the sons and daughters that are dependent on their mothers’ well-being.
Our daughters are ignored and under-researched. Although the exclusion of girls has been justified as data-driven, the fact is that little data is gathered on them. This situation creates a vicious cycle in which the assumptions that girls are not in crisis leads to research and policy interventions that overlook them, thus reinforcing their exclusion from efforts like MBK to bring successful programs to scale. MBK is not only built on this foundation, but extends it further by failing to require the inter-agency task force to report data that address the wellbeing of girls of color as well as boys. This erasure simply adds to the crisis that girls of color face, forcing them to suffer in relative silence.
In short, women and girls of color are not doing fine, and until they are, men and boys will not be doing fine either.
Girls and young women must be included in all our efforts to lift up the life chances of youth of color. To those who would urge us to settle for some separate initiative, we need only recall that separate but equal has never worked in conditions of inequality, nor will it work for girls and women of color here.
To those who would urge us to take up our concerns with the White House Council on Women and Girls, we note that the Council, like many gender-focused initiatives on women, lacks an intersectional frame that would address the race-based challenges faced by young women of color in a racially-stratified society. We note as well that the scale and magnitude of the issues addressed within MBK are specific to the needs of communities of color. The White House Council on Women and Girls should of course, be encouraged and supported to do more; however, girls and women of color suffer, struggle and succeed with the men and boys in their lives. Only together will our collective well-being improve.
Moving forward, we are mindful that those who risked their lives to challenge racial injustice believed that we all deserved better lives: men as well as women, girls as well as boys. Holding up the reality of our shared fate, we call on all MBK partners--public as well as private--to expressly include women and girls of color in this historic effort. We stand ready to work together to realize the aspirations that we all share for our youth and for our community.
Flip through the eBook to see the full list of signees:
June 13th- National Briefing
What’s Right and Wrong about "My Brother’s Keeper": Black Men Engage
On May 30th a Letter of 200 Concerned Black Men Calling for the Inclusion of Women and Girls to the President’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative was sent to President Barack Obama. The open letter questions how attempts to address the challenges facing males of color, without integrating a comparable focus on the complex lives of girls and women who live and struggle together in the same families, homes, schools, and neighborhoods, advances the interests of the community as a whole. The men who came together to lift up this issue are organizers, professors, recently incarcerated, filmmakers, taxi drivers, college students, high school teachers, ministers, former pro-athletes, fathers of sons, and fathers of daughters. These men, identifying as straight, queer and transgender, all share a commitment to the expansion of "My Brothers Keeper" (MBK) and all other national youth interventions to include an explicit focus on the structural conditions that negatively impact all youth of color.
Friday June 13th at 2:30 PM EST/ 11:30 AM PST
Please join a roundtable of leading critical race scholars, lawyers, journalists, and thought leaders for a national webinar on President Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ Initiative and the recently released open letter entitled "Letter of 200 Concerned Black Men Call for the Inclusion of Women and Girls in ‘My Brother’s Keeper.’"
Moderated by FAIR’s Janine Jackson, the conversation will provide information about the content of ‘My Brother’s Keeper’, and will present a case for the inclusion of girls and women in this exclusively male initiative.
Our conversation will cover the following issues:
- How the premise that informs the exclusion of Black females from MBK–that Black males are worse off than Black females–is faulty.
- Why the lives of and issues that impact Black girls and women tend to be invisible.
- Why Black men need to be self-reflective about our place in a system that privileges men.
- Why Black Male interventions are not necessarily progressive even for Black men.
- What we all must to do to reclaim a vision of racial justice that centers the concerns of the entire community, women as well as men, girls as well as women.
Confirmed Participants Include:
- Janine Jackson (Moderator), Program Director at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
- Kiese Laymon, Author of "Long Division" and "How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America"
- Darnell Moore, Managing Editor, The Feminist, Writer, and Co-Founder of the youth initiative You Belong.
- Luke Harris, Co-Founder of African American Policy Forum
- Marlon Peterson, Director of Community Relations at the Fortune Society
- Paul Butler, Former federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and the author of “Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice"
This event is hosted by the African American Policy Forum.
Click here to sign the letter.
Posted here is the Letter of 200 Concerned Black Men Calling for the Inclusion of Women and Girls to the President’s "My Brother’s Keeper" Initiative. The open letter questions how attempts to address the challenges facing males of color, without integrating a comparable focus on the complex lives of girls and women who live and struggle together in the same families, homes, schools, and neighborhoods, advances the interests of the community as a whole. As Kiese Leymon, one of the organizers noted, “The men who came together to lift up this issue are organizers, professors, recently incarcerated, filmmakers, taxi drivers, college students, high school teachers, ministers, former proathletes, fathers of sons, and fathers of daughters. These men, identifying as straight, queer and transgender, all share a commitment to the expansion of My Brothers Keeper and all other national youth interventions to include an explicit focus on the structural conditions that negatively impact all youth of color.” All Black men who believe that it is vital for our community to hold up the reality that shared fate requires a shared focus on interventions that work are encouraged to sign the letter by clicking here:
NOTE: Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only and do not imply the endorsement of the listed institution.
Letter of 200 Concerned Black Men calling for the Inclusion of Women and Girls in "My Brother's Keeper"
May 28, 2014
President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, D.C.. 20500
Dear President Obama,
We write as African American men who have supported your presidency, stood behind you when the inevitable racist challenges to your authority have emerged, and have understood that our hopes would be tempered by the political realities that you would encounter. While we continue to support your presidency, we write both out of a sense of mutual respect and personal responsibility to address what we believe to be the unfortunate missteps in the My Brothers Keeper initiative (MBK). In short, in lifting up only the challenges that face males of color, MBK -- in the absence of any comparable initiative for females -- forces us to ask where the complex lives of Black women and Black girls fit into the White House’s vision of racial justice?
Your acknowledgment that race-conscious policies are still needed, and that addressing the needs of those left behind “is as important as any issue that you work on” was inspiring to us. We agree with your sense that racial inequality remains an urgent American problem that, as you indicated, “goes to the very heart” of why you ran for the presidency. We knew very well that you were echoing Dr. King’s observations when you noted that “groups that have had the odds stacked against them in unique ways...require unique solutions.” We understand, as do you, that those ‘’who have seen fewer opportunities that have spanned generations” include men and women in our communities who have struggled side-by-side against the opportunity gaps, shrinking resources and disparate conditions that contribute to the desperate circumstances facing our community. So we were surprised and disappointed that your commitments express empathy to only half of our community -- men and boys of color. Simply put, as Black men we cannot afford to turn away from the very sense of a shared fate that has been vital to our quest for racial equality across the course of American history.
As African Americans, and as a nation, we have to be as concerned about the experiences of single Black women who raise their kids on sub-poverty wages as we are about the disproportionate number of Black men who are incarcerated. We must care as much about Black women who are the victims of gender violence as we do about Black boys caught up in the drug trade. We must hold up the fact that Black women on average make less money and have less wealth than both White women and Black men in the United States just as we must focus on the ways in which Black men and women are disproportionately excluded from many professions.
We are not suggesting a national moratorium on Black male-oriented projects. But our sense of accountability does reflect the fact that our historic struggle for racial justice has always included men as well as women who have risked everything not just for themselves or for their own gender but for the prospects of the entire community. Moreover, we are concerned that your admonishment to Black and Latino men to be more responsible and to stop making excuses frames problems of educational attainment, unemployment, and incarceration consistent with those who say Blacks suffer from a “culture of pathology.” We believe in a vision of accountability and racial justice that is neither male-centered, heteropatriarchal or victim blaming.
Taking the lives of Black girls and women seriously would increase the likelihood that we would recognize and lift up loving parents regardless of whether they exist in single, dual, same-sex or opposite sex families; decrease our tendency to express nostalgia for a family structure whose absence wrongfully becomes the putative focal point for all that ails us; and put into sharp relief the fact that the obstacles we face are not simply matters of attitude adjustment and goal setting, but the consequences of deteriorating opportunities, the weakened enforcement of civil rights laws, and the increasing emphasis by government actors on policies that focus on punishment, surveillance, and incarceration.
We recommend an expansion of the MBK -- and all other national youth interventions -- to include an explicit focus on the structural conditions that negatively impact all Black youth. Of course encouraging young Black men and women to do their very best is important, as is holding them accountable when we think that is warranted. Our interventions, however, must acknowledge that the life chances of youth of color are impacted by the converging dynamics of racism, sexism, class stratification, homophobia and other such factors. For example, MBK, in its current iteration, solely collects social data on Black men and boys. What might we find out about the scope, depth and history of our structural impediments, if we also required the collection of targeted data for Black women and girls?
If the denunciation of male privilege, sexism and rape culture is not at the center of our quest for racial justice, then we have endorsed a position of benign neglect towards the challenges that girls and women face that undermine their well-being and the well-being of the community as a whole. As Black men we believe if the nation chooses to “save” only Black males from a house on fire, we will have walked away from a set of problems that we will be compelled to return to when we finally realize the raging fire has consumed the Black women and girls we left behind.
- Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr., Civil Rights Icon and Mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Danny Glover, American Actor, Film Director and Political Activist
- Darnell L. Moore, Editor, Founder of ‘You Belong,’ Brooklyn, NY
- Devon Carbado, The Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Marlon Peterson, Program Coordinator at ‘Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets’, Brooklyn NY
- Robin D. G. Kelly, The Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Oscar H. Blayton, Lawyer, Williamsburg, VA
- Ricardo Guthrie, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
- Michael Hanchard, SOBA Presidential Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University
- Luke Charles Harris, Co-Founder of the African American Policy Forum, Department of Political Science, Vassar College, New York, NY
- Kiese Laymon, Author, English Department, Vassar College, Jackson, MS
- Mark Anthony Neal, Professor Of African and African American Studies
- Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, Pastor for Formation and Justice, First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plains, MA
- Dr. James Turner, Founding Director, Africana Studies Center, Cornell University
- Michael Dawson, John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, The University of Chicago
- David Ikard, Associate Professor of English at Florida State University, Ph.D.
- Nyle Forte, Teacher and Baptist Pastor, Newark, NJ
- Walter Fields, Executive Editor and Columnist at North Star News, Irvington, NJ
- Houston Baker, Distinguished University Professor of English and African American Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
- Cedric Robinson, Department of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
- Charles Steele, President and CEO, Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Atlanta, GA
- Thomas Sayers Ellis, Professor, Poet, Photographer
- Eduardo Bonilla Silva, Professor of Sociology at Duke University, Durham, NC
- Mychal Denzel Smith, freelance writer and social commentator, Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, Brooklyn, NY
- Wade Davis II, Speaker, writer, activist, educator, former NFL player, Co-Founder of You Belong, Executive Director of You Can Play, New York, NY
- Scott Poulson-Bryant, Award-winning Journalist and Author, co-founding editor at Vibe Magazine
- Alexander Hardy, Writer
- Saeed Jones, Writer and Editor, A 2013 Pushcart Prize Winner, Brooklyn, NY
- Charles Mills, John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
- Cleve Tinsley IV, Ordained Baptist minister, Adjunct Professor of Religion and Culture at Rice University and Springfield College, Houston, TX
- Al-Lateef Farmer, EOF Recruiter/Student Development Specialist at Mercer County Community College Philadelphia, PA
- Kamasi Hill, Evanston Township High School, Chicago, IL
- Robert Jones, Jr., Writer and Founder, Son of Baldwin, Brooklyn, NY
- Robert Hill, Afro-American and Caribbean History, Editor of the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Ted Bunch, Activist, Educator, Co-Founder of A Call to Men, Rockville Centre, NY
- Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin, President/CEO at Our Glass Entertainment, Jackson, MS
- David Whettstone, Public Policy Advocate & Writer, Washington, DC
- Adisa Ajamu, Executive Director at the Atunwa Community Collective Development Think Tank, Los Angeles, CA
- Herman Beavers, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- Wren Brown, Actor, Los Angeles, CA
- Oscar Alexander Robles, Manager of Non-profit Partnerships, Former Co-Director in the Coalition for Equitable Communities at Florida State University
- Ade Raphael, Student, Irvine, CA
- Seth Bynum, Student, Montclair, NJ
- Julian Williams, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Vassar College
- Ocasio Wilson, Albany, NY
- Merio Maye, Far Rockaway, NY
- Terrell Tate
- Dashawn Walker, Bowdoin College Class of 2014, Portland, ME
- Ken Miles, Harlem, NY
- Elijah Winston, Student, Gilbert, AZ
- Matthew Brown, Student, Brooklyn, NY
- Juan Thompson, Student, Chicago, IL
- Jon Conningham, Digital Media student at the University of Washington
- James Cantres, Student, African Diaspora at NYU
- Chad Anderson, Program Associate, Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons
- Jafari Allen, Associate Professor of Anthropology & African American Studies at Yale University
- Guthrie Ramsey, Professor of Music at University of Pennsylvania
- Monroe France, Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity/Director of Multicultural Education and Services, NYU
- Clifton Hall
- Isaiah M. Wooden, Ph.D candidate and Director-dramaturg, Department of Drama at Stanford
- Aaron Talley, Activist, Writer, Educator, Blogger for the Black Youth Project, Detroit, MI
- La Marr Jurelle Bruce, Lecturer in Theater Studies, Yale University.
- Dr. Van Bailey, Inaugural Director of the Office of BGLTQ Student Life at Harvard College
- Donald P. Gagnon, Associate Professor of English at Western Connecticut State University
- Donald Anthonyson, Organizer, Families for Freedom, New York, NY
- Andrew Cory Greene, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, Alternative to Incarceration and Higher Education Intervention, New York, NY
- Abraham Paulos, Director of Families for Freedom, NY
- Duane Robinson
- Hashim K. Pipkin, Writer and educator, Randallstown, MD
- Bryson Rose, Ohio University Program Coordinator of Pregnancy Prevention at the Hetrick-Martin Institute HMHS, New York, NY
- Luis Inoa, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life at Vassar College, Brooklyn/Queens, NY
- Akeel St. Vil, Brooklyn, NY
- Tony Porter, Educator and Activist, Co-Founder of A Call to Men, Rockville Centre, NY
- Guy Lefevre
- Kleaver Cruz, Writer and Teacher, Dream Director at Leadership Institute in the Bronx, New York, NY
- Walter Cruz, Graphic designer, New York, NY
- Abraham Gatling, Watertown, CT
- Kendall Coleman Bronx, NY
- Russell Robinson, Professor and Distinguished Haas Chair in LGBT Equity, UC Berkeley Law
- Quincy James Rineheart, M.Div., Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- Ahmad Greene-Hayes, Williams College ’16, Williamstown, MA
- Paul Daniels, II, Morehouse College ’12, Atlanta, GA
- Tim’m T. West, Activist, Educator, Artist, Director of Youth Services at the Center on Halsted, Chicago, IL
- Derrick Walker
- Weslee Glenn, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cal Tech, Los Angeles, CA
- Vaughn E. Taylor-Akutagawa, Activist, Entrepreneur, Researcher, and Executive Director at Gay Men of African Descent, New York, NY
- Charles McKinney, Associate Professor and Director of Africana Studies Program at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
- Hiram Perez, Assistant Professor, English Department at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
- Preston Mitchum, Adjunct Professor, Advanced Legal Research and Writing at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
- Kiyan Williams, Artist, Performer, Stanford ’13, Stanford, CA
- John Murillo III, PhD candidate, English Department at Brown University, Providence, RI
- Dymir Arthur, Dean of School Culture at Achievement First, Brooklyn, NY
- Alan Mullins
- Kevin Lawrence Henry Jr., PhD candidate in Education at University of Madison-Wisconsin, Madison, WI
- Michael Dumas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education Leadership at NYU Steinhardt, New York, NY
- Riko A. Boone, Counselor at The Door, Outstanding HIV prevention work of the the year awardee, New York, NY
- Devon Tyrone Wade, Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology at Columbia University, New York, NY
- Aunsha Hall-Everett, Consultant at Harm Reduction Coalition, New York, NY
- Allen K. James
- Durrell Callier, Doctoral student at University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign’s School of Education, Policy, Organization & Leadership, Champaign-Urbana, IL
- James Roane, Graduate Student in History at Columbia University, New York, NY
- George Bellinger, Jr., AIDS Activist, New York, NY
- Darius Clark Monroe, Filmmaker, Director of Evolution of a Criminal, Brooklyn, NY
- Richard Yarborough, Professor of English at UCLA, Faculty Research Associate at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Alex Blue V, Doctoral Student in Ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara, University of Northern Texas
- Alvin Starks, Creator and Former Director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the Open Society Institute, Brooklyn, NY
- Devon Peterson
- Chris Mcauley, Associate Professor in Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara, PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Santa Barbara, CA
- Clarence Lusane, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, American University, Washington, DC
- Monty Pender, Transportation Director, ABCD, Canton, OH
- James Gordon Williams, Theorist, Composer, Pianist, a Yale Bouchet Scholar
- Roderick Ferguson, Professor of American Studies at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
- Johari Jabir, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL
- Scot Brown, Associate Professor of History at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Tyrone Forman, Associate Professor of Sociology at Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- Eddie Bruce-Jones, Lecturer in Law, Program Director, Admissions Tutor at Birkbeck University of London, London, England
- Obari Cartman, Photographer, Artist, Activist, Chicago, IL
- Maurice Jackson, Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University, Washington, DC
- David Melton
- Dr. Clemmie Harris, PhD candidate, Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- Justin Stucey, Producer and Business Developer at Production Glue, New York, NY
- Gregory Davis, J.D./M.A. in Afro-American Studies and Law at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Roland Roebuck, Activist, Washington, DC
- R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of New York, CUNY
- Davarian L. Baldwin, Paul Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies, Trinity College, CT
- Dr. Brian Peterson
- Christopher Stackhouse, Maryland Institute College of Art Brooklyn, NY
- Nahum D. Chandler, Associate Professor of African American Studies University of California, Irvine
- Darrell Moore, Philosophy, De Paul University Chicago, IL
- Jason Saunders, Graduate student, UVA
- Robeson Taj Frazier, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
- Avery R. Young, Teaching Artist, Urban Gateways, Chicago, IL
- Johnny E. Williams, Department of Sociology, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
- James Ford, Occidental College
- Herman Gray. Department of Sociology, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA
- Arthur Little, Professor of English, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Abdul Ali, Goucher College, Towson, MD
- David H. Anthony, III, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
- Kai M. Green, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
- Bill Fletcher, Jr., Activist/Educator/Writer, Mitchellville, MD
- Tommie Shelby, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
- Peniel E. Joseph, Founding Director, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Tufts University, Somerville, MA
- Marcus Anthony Hunter, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Yale University. New Haven, CT
- Professor Joseph Wilson, City University of New York, NY
- Neil Roberts, Associate Professor, Africana Studies Program, Williams College
- Jonathan Collins, Doctoral Student, Department of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
- Erik S McDuffie, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
- Tavia Nyong'o, New York University, New York, NY
- Sidney J. Lemelle, Professor of History and Africana Studies, Pomona College Claremont, CA
- Minkah Makalani, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX & Brooklyn, NY
- Darnell Hunt, Director, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA
- Pete Carr, Attorney
- Robert O’Meilly, Zora Neal Hurston Professor of English, Columbia University, New York, NY
- Robert Williams, Assistant Professor of African American Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
- John Keene, Author/Artist/Professor, Rutgers University, Jersey City, NJ
- Makungu M. Akinyela, Ph.D., LMFT, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
- Eric A. Hurley PhD, Department of Psychology, Pomona College, Claremont CA
- Geffrey Davis, Ph.D. Candidate, University Park, PA
- M. Keith Claybrook, Jr., CSU, Dominguez Hills/ Claremont Graduate University, Compton, CA
- Michael Stoll, Professor of Public Policy, and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty
- Fred Moten, University of California, Riverside, CA
- Steve Edwards, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Elite Daily, New York, N.Y.
- Jerry G. Watts, Professor of English, Sociology and American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center
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