Tamika Mallory, Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Alicia Garza are the activists to watch in this week’s New, Black and Beautiful List

Written by: Ashley Dior Jones – June 20th, 2020 5:44pm pst

BHL New, Black, and Beautiful: Activists

2020 has definitely been a year of trials and tribulations, but it has also been a year of, interestingly enough, vision. We as a country are at a true crossroads, and hopefully a real change is on the horizon. In this week’s article, we highlight a few black women who are leading the charge and fighting for change in a way that only black women can.

Alicia Garza

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I was honored to be a part of this book. Repost @kk.ottesen In this moment going back to wise words from #BlackLivesMatter founder and extraordinary activist Alicia Garza on the best advice she ever got as an activist: “If you can organize your family, you’re a good organizer. Because it’s not just rhetoric then. These are the people we care for most. The people who changed your diaper, the people who loved on you at your ninth birthday party. And if they know that there’s something that’s really important to you, it does have the potential to change — not just minds, but the way that people act politically. So, when people say, ‘Well, I don’t talk to my family because they’re racist,’ I’m like, No, no, no; that’s exactly who you need to be talking to. Because the only person to stop them from sending me death threats is you.” Have the hard conversations. (Thanks, @chasinggarza, from “Activist: Portraits of Courage” – @chroniclebooks and @blackwellandruth 2019) . . . #wisdom #activist #racialjustice #inthistogether #blm👊🏼👊🏾👊🏿

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This writer and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement is still fighting for justice and equality 7 years after her Facebook post. Echoing the feelings of many following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder case, exclaiming ‘Black Lives Matter,’ which then went viral. 

As of late, Alicia has been focused on advocating for  black voting rights, affordable housing, healthcare,  democracy rights as well as defunding the police to reinvest those resources into the Black community. She hosts a weekly podcast titled, Lady Don’t Take No, which features guests from Angela Rye to Color of Change president Rashad Robinson. Alicia’s efforts to empower and uplift the black community have already changed the world and she is showing no sign of slowing down.

Tamika Mallory 

This activist’s speech at a George Floyd protest in Minnesota went viral recently, and for good reason. Tamika Mallory is a proponent of feminism and the Black Lives Matter Movement, plus she’s not new to this. Tamika comes from a family of activists and was even mentored by Al Sharpton. Her passionate speech on May 29th gave a real look into the raw feelings many experienced after watching yet another black person be killed by the hands of the police and witnessing America seemingly more upset over the burning of buildings than the murder of a black father. 

Tamika’s not only speaking about inequalities in the black community, but she’s doing something about it too. She co-founded Until Freedom, a social justice organization that addresses systematic and racial injustice. Tamika’s voice is one that will surely be echoed for many years to come.

Brittany Packnett Cunningham

Brittany is an activist and co-founder of the police reform campaign, Campaign Zero. 

Campaign Zero details policy solutions to help end police violence in America. Policy proposals like community oversight, ending broken window policing, and demilitarization are just a few that the campaign emphasizes. The Campaign Zero website even details progress on the legislation of these policies in each state. The efforts of Brittany and her team will surely impact change for generations to come.

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About The Author:

Ashley Dior Jones is a host & writer at Afterbuzz TV & Black Hollywood Live. She is a southern belle loving life in the City of Angels- obsessed with all things beauty, fashion & culture.

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