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  • #PassTheMic Jul 30

    Civic Leader Sindy Benavides on Justice Fight: ‘This Isn't About a Handout'

    Sindy Marisol Benavides is a Honduran American immigrant and public servant working to bring the American dream to other Latinos, women, and immigrants. She is the chief executive officer of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country, founded in 1929. Benavides serves on numerous civic boards, is the former vice…

  • #PassTheMic Jul 29

    The Rev. Mark Tyler on Protests: ‘Closest Thing… Since 1968'

    The Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler is the 52nd pastor of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia and is a native of Oakland, California. Mother Bethel has the distinction of being the birthplace of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination and founded by Bishop Richard Allen in 1794. The land that the bishop purchased for the church in 1791 is…

  • #PassTheMic Jul 28

    Social Justice Advocate John C. Yang: Protests Are Necessary

    John C. Yang is the president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. He focuses his efforts on public policy, education, litigation and advocacy to elevate issues germane to Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and other minority communities. Yang is an attorney with two-plus decades of corporate expertise in policy and litigation. He is a former senior adviser…

  • #PassTheMic Jul 27

    Rapper Killer Mike on Protests: ‘The State Needed This Reality Check'

    Mike Render, aka Killer Mike, is a Grammy Award-winning rapper, businessman and activist. He made his musical debut on Outkast’s 2000 LP “Stankonia.” The Atlanta native hosts the Netflix series “Trigger Warning With Killer Mike,” has released five albums as a solo artist and four albums with Run the Jewels, owns barbershops and co-owns Bankhead Seafood with rapper T.I....

  • #PassTheMic Jul 27

    Civil Rights Activist David Johns on Unrest: ‘We Can Rise to Meet This Moment'

    David J. Johns serves as executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition. The civil rights organization empowers Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including those living with HIV/AIDS. Johns is a passionate advocate for youth, social justice and public policy. He is a former executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for...

  • #PassTheMic Jul 24

    10-Year-Old Journalist Tiana Sirmans on Racism: ‘It's Really Sad'

    Tiana Sirmans is a celebrity correspondent and emerging journalist. The New Castle, Delaware, native recently turned 10 years old and is using her voice to mentor girls from multicultural backgrounds and to raise anti-bullying awareness. She has appeared on local and national television programs, including The Kelly Clarkson Show. She has completed internships with Arianna Huffington at Thrive Global and…

  • #PassTheMic Jul 23

    Historian Daina Ramey Berry on Injustice: People Are ‘Fed Up'

    Dr. Daina Ramey Berry is the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History and the incoming chairperson of the department at the University of Texas at Austin. She’s an author and a commentator for radio and television. Her latest book, “A Black Woman’s History of the United States,” was published in 2020 and co-authored by Kali Nicole Gross.

  • #PassTheMic Jul 21

    Derrick Johnson on This Moment: ‘Unlike Anything We've Ever Seen'

    Derrick Johnson serves as president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He has spent his career fighting for justice to improve the lives of Black people and people of color. The Detroit native is a former state president of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference. Following the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina…

  • #PassTheMic Jul 20

    Trayvon Martin's Mom, Sybrina Fulton, on Protests: ‘A Cry for Change'

    Sybrina Fulton is a mother and advocate for social good. The Miami native became nationally known following the killing of her 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin. She co-founded the Travyon Martin Foundation with Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father, to bring awareness to senseless gun violence. She also founded the Circle of Mothers, a retreat for mothers who have lost a child....

  • #PassTheMic Jul 17

    Kevin Jennings on What's Next: ‘Change That Makes Concrete Progress'

    Kevin Jennings has been fighting for equality for decades. In 1988, he created the first school-based Gay-Straight Alliance Club while working as a history teacher in Concord, Massachusetts. He went on to serve as the assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education from 2009 to 2011. Today, he is the…

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