At the dawn of a new presidential administration, Black America is in the grips of compounding crises; we’ve lost more people to COVID19 than anyone, dying at 1.5 times the rate of white people. We’ve been laid off more and hired less. Our businesses have shuttered disproportionately and where we once congregated to refill our cups, we now must find new ways to renew ourselves so that we may stay safe

While President Biden talks to Congress in his State of the Union Address this month, Black organizers will talk to our communities about what matters most: jobs, healthcare, climate, education, safety, and self-determination.

During #StateofBlackAmerica, we will hear from everyday people about what we need to recover from the maze of economic and social collapse we have suffered at the hands of a dangerous, anti-Black administration.


TUESDAY, February 23rd

6:00pm ET
3:00pm PT
Open and Introduction
with hosts Jamecia Gray and Fresco Steez
6:04pm ET
3:04pm PT
Interview on Jobs and the Economy
with Maurice Weeks, Co-Executive Director, Action Center on Race and the Economy
6:19pm ET
3:19pm PT
Interview on Covid-19
with Dr. Armen Henderson, Director of Health Programs w/ Dream Defenders
6:26pm ET
3:26pm PT
State of Black America Address
with Richard Wallace, Founder of Equity And Transformation (EAT)
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6:47pm ET
3:47pm PT
Interview on Education
with Beatriz Beckford, National Director, Youth & Education Justice, Moms Rising
7:04pm ET
4:04pm PT
Interview on Immigration
with Nana Gyamfi, Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
7:21pm ET
4:21pm PT
Interview on Safety and Investment
with Miski Noor, Black Visions/M4BL Leadership Table
7:38pm ET
4:38pm PT
The State of Black America Roundtable
with Kayla Reed, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, and Charlene Carruthers
7:58pm ET
4:58pm PT


February 23, 2021 6-8pm ET



An evening dedicated to stories about us and how we make our Vision for Black Lives a reality.

Stay tuned for more @mvmnt4blklives


As we press forward, we cannot consent to another pitch on the importance of unity at our peril. The Black experience in America is exceptional, in both its oppression and its glory, and so our dialogues, analyses, and policies demand an exceptional approach tailored for us.

In the last year, Black people have lost so much. Although the dual crises of COVID19 and state repression present real challenges for the many Black communities in America – rural, disabled, TGNCI, incarcerated, and the collective on the front lines fighting for power – we are bound together in our shared experiences.



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