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Nat WilliamsThe New York Foundation
Balm in Gilead: Stories from Black Organizers

“What do Black leaders have to say about where we stand today? Though great progress has been made since [NYF’s] first grant to the NAACP, the mood of many Black organizers and advocates today is less than celebratory. Some lament the dearth and decline in Black-led grassroots organizations, suggesting that important strategies which historically have mobilized the Black community for action—community organizing and engagement—are not being utilized to the fullest. ” – The New York Foundation

Last summer the New York Foundation marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act with a look at the future. Hill-Snowdon’s Executive Director, Nat Williams, participated as one in a series of interviews with Program Director, Kevin Ryan, sharing his thoughts on building a stronger Black organizing structure, his introduction to organizing, and the Hill-Snowdon Foundation’s prioritization of the South. Read an excerpt of the interview here.


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