A Civil Rights Movement for the 21st Century: Black Lives Matter

Born online after the not-guilty verdict in the killing of Trayvon Martin, and translated to the streets after the killing of Michael Brown, #BlackLivesMatter is an organization, a movement, and a rallying cry for racial justice. Even as the historic presidency of Barack Obama comes to an end, systematic racial injustice persists: young black men are 21 times more likely than their white counterparts to be shot by police, public schools are more segregated now than ever, and black unemployment is two times that of whites. How is #BlackLivesMatter, and its ideal of “unapologetic blackness,” shaping a new dialogue around civil rights in the 21st century? What’s next for activists pushing for progress? And how should people of all races engage with the movement and become allies for equality?

Festival: 2016

Watch and Listen: Race

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Atlanta-based defense attorney and #BillionDollarLawyer Drew Findling, who counts international hip-hop star Kiari... See more
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