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Scalawag

Iliana Hagenah

10 December 2020

Mississippi, United States

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Civic engagement groups creatively encouraged young Black voters to vote. Mississippi Votes ran fellowships where local representatives educated young people on the political landscape of their state and used "geofenc...

Scalawag

Kyesha Jennings

16 November 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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A newsletter that began in hopes to help stir up business for local restaurants in the Black community grew into a food subscription box that connects farmers, restaurants, and consumers. Tall Grass Food Box has put m...

Truthout

Anoa Changa

12 November 2020

Georgia, United States

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Civic engagement organizers have decreased the gap between Republicans and Democrats in Georgia over the past several elections by increasing voter participation and leveraging the shifting state demographics. Groups ...

The Land

Rachel Dissell

3 November 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Black and Latinx enrollment in clinical studies has nearly doubled in HIV vaccine clinical trials due to the HIV Vaccine Trials Network in Cleveland implementing an engagement model that addresses community distrust t...

Yes! Magazine

Amy Yee

3 November 2020

United States

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Several groups are working to counter disinformation aimed at the Black community by spreading accurate information and elevating local voices as trusted messengers. Organizations have disseminated accurate informatio...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Maddie Hanna

22 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Data shows that nationally only 2% of public-school teachers are Black men. To fill that gap, Boys’ Latin, a charter school in Philadelphia, launched a program that creates teaching positions for Black men who want ...

The Walrus

Vicky Mochama

1 September 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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The black community has a rich history of crowdfunding that goes back generations to help the most vulnerable stay afloat, creating a security net for those who would otherwise fall through the cracks. Mutual aid gro...

The Hechinger Report

Aaricka Washington

27 August 2020

United States

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Students and educators across the country are discussing how to implement anti-racism curriculum in the classroom. Although it can be challenging, educators are using a myriad of methods to teach students about racism...

Yes! Magazine

Darrick Hamilton

Naomi Zewde

26 August 2020

South Africa

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Racial injustice in America and the resulting wealth gap are a result of entrenched systemic inequities that can only be addressed if a collective acknowledgement of the past is made much like it was in South Africa. ...

The New York Times

Zachary Small

23 August 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A burst of creativity is helping Portland confront its racist histories. From murals appearing on boarded-up buildings, protest art on exhibit at art centers, and artists gathering downtown to display their work depic...

BBC

Precious Adesina

3 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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The African Jazz-Art Society & Studios (AJASS) kickstarted the Black is Beautiful movement with 1960s fashion shows elevating Black models with dark skin and full bodies, who agreed to keep their hair natural year-rou...

100 Days in Appalachia

Chris Jones

23 July 2020

West Virginia, United States

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Thirty-six people protesting police violence and racism held the first civil rights march in Terra Alta. Met by counter-protesters with guns who were expecting out-of-town agitators, the groups engaged in peaceful and...

The New York Times

Keren Landman

21 November 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Improving outcomes in addressing HIV requires reducing stigma. In Atlanta, Georgia, faith-based communities are embracing HIV prevention campaigns and courses. Bible Way Ministries provides HIV testing at community ev...

Next City

Zoe Sullivan

19 November 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Bringing the community into conversations about commemoration opens new ways to present public history. The Paper Monuments project in New Orleans asked residents to draw monuments that they would like to see replace ...

The New York Times

Alina Tugend

23 October 2019

Norfolk, Virginia, United States

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Coming to terms with the past requires reexamining the way we represent both history and art. The Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA, is on the forefront of correcting the absence of enslaved craftsmen in representations ...

Second Wave Michigan

Jane Simons

10 October 2019

Battle Creek, Michigan, United States

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A very special 15-person book club in Battle Creek, Michigan is using the book club format to discuss hard topics like race. The conversations steer profound, intimate, and personal, and many members testify to how mu...

Teen Vogue

Kim Bellware

3 September 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A group in Chicago called Good Kids, Mad City is made up of youth who have been affected by gun violence. They offer support and accountability to each other and use the group as a way to cope with the daily violence ...

Yes! Magazine

Jonita Davis

26 July 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Discussing history can help communities heal from racial violence and trauma. Organizations like the Greater Bronzeville Action Plan, the Chicago Race Riot of 1919 Commemoration Project (CCR19), and the Chicago Center...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sarah Hauer

12 April 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Pop-Up MKE was a pilot program that provided a risk-free way for artists to see if their products would sell in a retail space by giving 19 urban entrepreneurs 30 days of free retail space and mini-grants up to $2,000...

Yes! Magazine

Leanna First-Arai

27 February 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Soil collection ceremonies offer a meaningful way to help cope with and create institutional memory of racial violence across the United States. The Equal Justice Initiative is working to keep the victims of lynching ...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

20 February 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In a movement that started from a trending hashtag on Twitter - #BeingBlackandMuslim - scholars and activists around the country are working to reduce stereotypes about Black Muslims. Organizations that arose from t...

The New York Times

Laura Holson

8 November 2018

United States

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In the midst of a seemingly increasingly divided political and racial landscape, some artists of color are pushing back to create art that represents their own non-White communities. Some artists have chosen to do thi...

Next City

Emily Nonko

31 October 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Governing Hope, an anti-racism organization, is combating racism in Portland by asking white people to pay reparations. The organization created an event called “Reparations Power Hour,” which invites people of color ...

Scalawag

Margaret Littman

22 October 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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The killing of Jocques Clemmons, an unarmed black man that was shot by a white officer in Tennessee, became the catalyst that spurred a community to action. A community oversight board would be in charge of investiga...

OZY

Carly Stern

14 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Yvonne Jewnell and Tandra Birkett created Harlem Fashion Week in order to increase diversity in a White industry. The event has drawn a diverse crowd; 95 to 98 percent of the designers who participate are people of co...

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