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AP Photo/John Minchillo

AP Photo/John Minchillo

Making Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement – grounded in the devastating history and current events of explicit and implicit racially motivated state violence against the Black community – has created an important opportunity to address racial justice in the US today.   The movement has touched every aspect of our society with its unflinching call for justice, respect and opportunity for the Black community.  As we celebrate Black History month and reflect on the newly adopted Black Future month, I wanted to offer some thoughts on how the philanthropic and social justice community might make Black lives matter as an enduring political and social imperative in this country.  In short, I believe that in order to make Black Lives Matter we need to significantly strengthen and build the infrastructure for Black-led institutional and political power,  in order to dismantle the system of structural racism and provide real opportunities for the Black community to thrive.  I offer this article as a contribution to the reflective dialogues and organizing that are taking place to make Black Lives Matter more and look forward to partnering with those who are engaged in this essential work.

–Nat Chioke Williams

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