VOICE 4 CHANGE
Before we can be a voice, we must listen to the voices of those who have suffered from and witnessed inequality and ignorance in society … those who have fought for diversity and inclusion. Then we can work to amplify their voices in an effort to create change.
Use our skills to deliver powerful messages that change public opinion.
WHY IT MATTERS
Because progress has not been fast enough and on the heels of our current racial divide, stands the next generation ready to go off to school, then college. We cannot lose another generation to the ignorance of its parents, grandparents and great grandparents. It’s time 4Change.
“My parents told me in the very beginning as a young child when I raised the question about segregation and racial discrimination, they told me not to get in the way, not to get in trouble, not to make any noise.”
U.S Congressman John Lewis, Civil Rights Atlanta Icon
We did not launch this PROJECT so we can sleep better at night. Nor do we believe we have the answers. What we do know is we have not been listening enough, paying attention to this crisis that is defining our very existence. There are voices out there that should be heard, that can educate us and then in turn, arm us with a purpose and role in driving change.
Civil Rights Movement
Systemic Racism: What Is It?
School to Prison Pipeline
Each month, we feature the voice of people advocating for change. What they have to say will educate and inspire you to become a Voice4Change.
HOW WE CAN HELP
The more of us who join together, the greater the impact so we will work to build a community of like-minded partners.
We know there is strength in numbers. Interested in offering services, making a donation, supporting an organization?
WORTH A LOOK AND DONATION
There are organizations all of the country with an anti-racism initiative, rooted in a story that people need to know. Those stories can be amplified with a small contribution from you.
The Echo Project
Take a stand against white supremacy in America with the Echo Project. Donate here to help restore and rehabilitate the Redneck Shop, former meeting place of Klansmen, Neo-Nazi’s and other hate groups. The shop is a standing reminder that the past is not always in the past. Reverend Kennedy and The Echo Project are focused on transforming the shop and creating a space of hope and change in Laurens, South Carolina. Help this community tell a new story of justice and healing.
Join Orrin Hudson in his quest to serve over one million at risk young people by donating to Be Someone. By assisting Orrin, children in underserved communities will be given the chance to learn a skill that will be of benefit throughout their entire lifetime. This program provides inspiration for growth in character, self-esteem, and hope. Empower at risk children to make each move their best.
Ibram X Kendi, Author, The Souls of Black Folk and How to Be an Antiracist
Color of Change
As part of our effort to amplify those voices whose message and initiative is focused on Change, we feature their work.
Color of Change…
Drives campaigns that develop power for Black communities. We look to hold people of power in businesses and politics accountable for their actions and stand by their word. Color of Change invests in influential research on topics surrounding inequality which provides practical solution for racial justice.
Is comprised of many interconnected forces. Four of which include economic justice, criminal justice, media justice and power & voice. In order to end racism, we must tackle it in all quadrants. By designing strategies that infiltrate all areas, we provide the greatest potential to advance our initiatives. ygt6t
Join the largest online racial justice organization, Color of Change, and their quest in challenging racial injustice. By assisting Color of Change, Black communities in America will have better representation and will be given more of a voice in order to push for the imperative solutions that will make a difference.
“Being mortified about our history is not enough. We have a responsibility to re-educate ourselves and choose a path to participate in a more meaningful, sustainable way.”
The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity while Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work
By: Laura A. Liswood
Diversity in the workplace is a wonderful thing—but it also challenges many of today’s business leaders. For managers and team-members alike, it can be difficult to navigate in a truly diverse workplace made up of people of different cultures, races, creeds, body types, hobbies, genders, religions, styles, and sexual orientations. But understanding our cultural and social differences is a major key to a high-performing, merit-based work environment.
Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Cultivate an Inclusive Organization
By: Rhodes Perry MPA
Belonging at Work empowers business leaders, change agents, visionaries, and those on their way to joining them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to build inclusive organizations. The personal stories, case studies, and practical strategies featured in the book offer everything you need to cultivate workplace cultures where all of your stakeholders can show up authentically and feel valued and respected for their contributions. Rhodes Perry’s visionary book serves as a blueprint for the future of work. His message inspires leaders at all levels within the organization to join the #BelongingMovement focused on positively impacting workplace cultures around the globe.
Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race
By: Beverly Daniel Tatum
Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America.
Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do
By: Jennifer L. Eberhardt
From one of the world’s leading experts on unconscious racial bias, a personal examination of one of the central controversies and culturally powerful issues of our time, and its influence on contemporary race relations and criminal justice.
How to be an AntiRacist
By: Ibram X. Kendi
Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism
By: Robin DiAngelo
Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what can be done to engage more constructively.
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
By: Austin Channing Brown
In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value “diversity” in their mission statements, I’m Still Hereis a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric–from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.
Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
By: Layla F. Saad
Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
So You Want to Talk About Race
By: Ijeoma Oluo
In this breakout book, Ijeoma Oluo explores the complex reality of today’s racial landscape–from white privilege and police brutality to systemic discrimination and the Black Lives Matter movement–offering straightforward clarity that readers need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
By: Jason Reynolds
The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginningreveals the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.
Black Skin, White Masks
By: Frantz Fanon
A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, Black Skin, White Masks is the unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world. Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was first published in 1952, the book remains a vital force today.
By: The New York Times
“In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began.” Hosted by recent Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, the1619 audio series chronicles how black people have been central to building American democracy, music, wealth and more.
Every week at Throughline, our palsRund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei “go back in time to understand the present.”
What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation — because we’re all part of the story.
Speaking of Racism
By: Tina Strawn and Jen Kinney
A podcast dedicated to frank, honest, and respectful discussions about racism in the U.S.
Hope and Hard Pills
By: Andre Henry
Exploring practical insight on racial justice and social change.
By: Scene On Radio
Events of the past few years have turned a challenging spotlight on White people, and Whiteness, in the United States. An introduction to our series exploring what it means to be White.
By: Hannah Pechter and Yseult Polfliet
Introducing The Kinswomen Podcast: a series of candid conversations on race, racism, and allyship between women, hosted by Hannah Pechter and Yseult Polfliet.
Pod Save the People
By: DeRay Mckesson
Organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson explores news, culture, social justice, and politics with analysis from Sam Sinyangwe, Kaya Henderson, and De’Ara Balenger. Then he sits down for deep conversations with experts, influencers, and diverse local and national leaders.
By: Rebecca Carroll
15 essential conversations about race in a pivotal year for America.
The Hate U Give
Amandla Stenberg leads a truly outstanding cast in The Hate U Give, an adaptation of Angie Thomas’s bestselling novel. Stenberg plays Starr, one of the few black students in her private high school, who witnesses the police shoot her friend in an incident that becomes a national flashpoint. The film has a great deal to say and no apologies to make about its outspoken message, even as it presents itself as a straightforward family drama. But The Hate U Givestrikes a perfect balance between coming-of-age story and social drama. And in never sacrificing either of those two interests, it becomes a strong example of both.
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson -brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
This illuminating legal drama tells the true story of Bryan Stevenson, a Harvard-educated lawyer who moves to Alabama to defend the most underserved. This film reveals the complex, and often racist battle he fights for Walter McMillian, a man on death row for murdering a teenage girl, despite convincing evidence to support his innocence.
Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman, into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, which follows King at the height of his influence, beginning with his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize win and ending with his famous march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery the following year. Directed by Ava DuVernay, it’s a stirring illumination of the difficulties that King and his associates faced in gaining the support even of those who publicly praised their work, as well as arguments about tactics and goals within the movement. The film also dramatizes the personal pressure on King from political leaders at the state and federal levels, and the myriad ways that pressure threatened his fight. Selmais inspiring, yes, but it’s also rousing and confrontational. King’s words are often trotted out in support of various people’s agendas, particularly in times of racial strife. But his life demonstrates a steely, radical determination and an unwillingness to bend to anyone who might stand in the way of justice.
Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? began as a “live documentary” about one white filmmaker’s reckoning with his family’s racist past. Travis Wilkerson’s great-grandfather murdered a black man in 1946, and decades later, Wilkerson set out for Alabama to try and figure out what happened. Through interviews, photos, music, and searing personal confession, Wilkerson told the story while sitting on stage as clips and photos are projected onto the screen. Wilkerson’s anger and brokenness are palpable as he reckons with a history of white supremacy that belongs to his family and to him, too — and that translates clearly to the recorded version that you can watch at home.
Racism is sinister, frightening, and deadly. But Get Out isn’t about the blatantly, obviously scary kinds of racism — burning crosses and lynchings and snarling hate. Instead, it’s interested in skewering white liberal racism, the prejudice of those who fancy themselves enlightened. Racism that masks itself as aggressively harmless is just as horrifying as blatant prejudice, and in Get Out, director Jordan Peele works to make us feel that horror in a visceral, bodily way. In the tradition of the best classic social thrillers, Get Out takes a topic that is often approached cerebrally — casual racism — and turns it into something you feel in your gut. And it does it with a wicked sense of humor.
I am Not Your Negro
James Baldwin passed away before he had a chance to finish Remember This House, a manuscript that examined race in America through his memories of Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Medgar Evers. This powerful film, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, finishes the story.
Dear White People
For anyone who still struggles to understand how racism pervades everyday life, this satire can help. It follows four black students at an Ivy League university, as controversy breaks out over a party that features blackface.
The Works of Fabian
Charles Dawson (Historical)
Each month, our staff will voice their insights, share how we are educating ourselves as well as showing our support for organizations whose voice needs to be amplified in our mission 4Change.
It was an easy decision to insert our firm into the #BlackLivesMatter conversation, advocacy and movement. Deciding the context in which we would participate was far more difficult. The first inclination is to take up a cause, show your support for an organization, volunteer, raise money, assess your own hiring practices.
At this moment, communities across the country, and our country itself, is reckoning with a storied history of racism. Protests continue daily as people demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, the list (unfortunately) goes on.
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