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THE UPRISING MARCHES ON

Decades of government policies and systemic racism have often left Black banks unable to survive and thrive

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This piece is part of The Uprising Marches On, a package on what’s next for the movement for Black lives.

After yet another moment of horrific police violence against Black Americans, Byron Brooks decided he’d had enough.

“The murders of both George Floyd and Breonna Taylor was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me,” says Brooks, 25, founder of From the Hood For the Hood, a Michigan-based nonprofit that, with its other community program, grants college scholarships to Black students across Michigan and recently started an initiative called the Road to Equity. “We’ve experienced over 400 years of…


THE UPRISING MARCHES ON

For Black people, land ownership isn’t just about equity — it’s about freedom

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This piece is part of The Uprising Marches On, a package on what’s next for the movement for Black lives.

“If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31, subheading of The Freedman’s Torchlight

In the early 1800s in New York, political enfranchisement for freed Black people was directly determined by whether or not they owned land. While white men could vote no matter if they had any land, free Black men were required to own $250 worth of taxable property. …


THE UPRISING MARCHES ON

Too often our schools gloss over the intricacies and struggles of Black liberation

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This piece is part of The Uprising Marches On, a package on what’s next for the movement for Black lives.

If LaGarrett King were to write a high-school U.S. history textbook, he’d create a unit on Black Lives Matter. It would start with the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012. “Then Black Lives Matter enters the lexicon,” King said. “The death of Michael Brown kind of explodes it all. George Floyd obviously will be in there.”

But that’s as far as King, a social studies education professor at the University of Missouri and founder of the Carter Center for K-12…


THE UPRISING MARCHES ON

A revolution needs longevity more than it needs martyrs

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This piece is part of The Uprising Marches On, a package on what’s next for the movement for Black lives.

At the dawn of my tenure as a community organizer in Atlanta nearly seven years ago, the people with whom I organized all agreed that it was important that we create a nonhierarchical leadership structure: shared resources, more room for collaborative projects, no formal leadership roles, and collective power for all. We were, as we thought, committed to creating spaces wherein everyone who cared to have input had the room to do so. We were trying to move away from…


The Uprising Marches On

In an era where even the simplest truths are under attack, it’s up to writers to remind us that systemic racism never really goes away

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This piece is part of The Uprising Marches On, a package on what’s next for the movement for Black lives.

It was just over 55 years ago, on August 11, 1965, when 21-year-old Marquette Frye was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer in the Watts section of Los Angeles for alleged reckless driving. The motorcycle officer, Lee Minkus, reportedly smelled alcohol on Frye’s breath and administered a field sobriety test which he determined Frye failed. Minkus placed the young man under arrest and radioed for backup and a transport car as a small crowd gathered. …

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