These 21st century heroes are moving America forward in racial justice and equality.
"To understand why, amid a global health crisis, Black People in America are taking to the streets to protest racism, another disease that cavalierly kills Young Black Boys and Young Black Girls, you must first understand the history of Black People in this country. A history that is as long as the Mississippi River—the artery of America’s slave trade. In 1776, America was founded on the idea that “All Men are Created Equal.” But Blacks were not included—for they were slaves, not men. It was not until 1865 that America outlawed slavery with the 13th Amendment. That was almost 155 years ago.
"If America is serious about race relations, she must first understand that there is no difference between the treatment of Blacks 150 years ago and the treatments of Blacks today. Today, thanks to cellphones and social media creating citizen journalists, we see the horrors that Blacks face every day. People are outraged at the sheer disregard for Black lives, but this isn’t new. America's disregard for Black lives has existed for as long as she has existed. It’s time for America to have an honest conversation with her past. Only then can we truly take another step towards equality."
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Watch filmmaker/spoken word artist Trey Carlisle's performance of "History Will Be Repeated," a poem promoting tolerance.
Featured Art by MY HERO Gallery Director Giselle Villatoro
MY HERO Suggested Video
"How a Hashtag Defined a Movement" (2016) by EmergingUS
The founders of #BlackLivesMatter on how it all began.
Featured Hero | Bryan Stevenson
The film on right discusses the Equal Justice Initiative, which has won relief for hundreds of wrongfully convicted people, successfully argued before the Supreme Court to end life-without-parole sentences for children, challenged excessive sentencing, and more.
Read Bryan Stevenson's bestselling book about representing Walter McMillian, a black man sentenced to death for the murder of a white woman, which he didn't commit.
Committed's version of the "Black National Anthem" as they commemorate Black History Month.
John Lewis (1940-2020) was a U.S. Congressman and civil rights leader in Georgia who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The following story and films highlight his important work.
A film about John Lewis on citizenship and character: "To be a good citizen is to obey the rules...the laws. Unless those laws conflict with your conscience."
In 1965, the historic Selma March known as Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. As a student, John Lewis co-led hundreds of peaceful marchers seeking voting rights for African Americans in the South.
An expressionistic account of the bombing of the 17th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Amandla Stenberg, a mixed race actress, is committed to playing only strong characters, and passes over roles she feels should be reserved for darker-skinned actresses, in her quest to fight colorism.
10-year-old Jaysa speaks out against the asthma-inducing power plants in her town, citing environmental racism. Her words help get the last power plant shut down.
Art as activism inspires regular people to "do." We need art that inspires and informs us.
This New York Times bestseller introduces readers of all ages to 40 women who changed the world.
Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller.
An true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to end mass incarceration in America.
The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.
How can you stand up for racial justice?
The nonprofit From Privilege to Progress "calls on all Americans to join on the path to antiracism by learning, speaking up in their everyday lives and amplifying the voices of people of color on social media."
President Barack Obama announced twenty-three executive orders concerning gun control after the Newton shootings.
Hero Stories curated by MY HERO General Editor and Story Director Shannon Luders-Manuel.
Artwork curated by MY HERO Arts Education and Gallery director Giselle Villatoro.
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