This is a portrait series highlighting some of leaders in the current black political and cultural movement.
Page May is a Black, queer woman currently living as an organizer, educator and abolitionist in Chicago. Growing up in rural Vermont, Page moved to Chicago several years ago and began doing work around agriculture and food. She became radicalized doing work around prisons and police, and joined the effort We Charge Genocide. Page was one of eight youth delegates who traveled to the United Nations and was the lead author of the shadow report submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture. Page is the co-founder of Assata's Daughters, an intergenerational organizing collective of radical Black women located in the city of Chicago.
Rekia Boyd, a unarmed, 22 year-old black woman was shot and killed by Chicago Police officer Dante Servin in 2012. Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but was cleared of all charges in 2015. Her brother Martinez has been fighting for justice for his and other black women violated and killed by the police.
Jay-Marie is a Black, Boricua y White Masculine, Queer Woman, born and raised in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A) in Theater and Performance Studies and the University of Southern California (M.A., Teaching). In all of her work – as a teacher, mentor, arts administrator, and artist – she seeks to support artists and organizations that further her desire to help Youth and People of Color feel empowered to take on the task of healing and transforming their communities and our world.
Rev. Sekou Osfaygeo.
Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. In May 2017, Rev. Sekou will release “In Times Like These”.
Activist and Chief Content officer and Co-Founder of Woke, a digital media company dedicated to diversifying entertainment.
Writer, The Nation Magazine.
Damon Davis is a multi-media American artist, musician and filmmaker based in St. Louis, Missouri. His 2014 public art installation "All Hands on Deck" has been collected in the . He is also a founder of Far-Fetched, a St. Louis-based artist collective,and co-director of Whose Streets?, a documentary on the Ferguson unrest following police officer Darren Wilson's fatal shooting of Michael Brown. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017.
Ashley Yates is co-founder of the Ferguson-based grassroots organization, Millennial Activists United (MAU). Originally from Florissant, Mo., Yates was one of the early on-the-ground organizers following the unjust police killing of Mike Brown on Aug, 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. In 2015, she was a Black Lives Matter representative at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
As one of the more vocal activists at the forefront of the Ferguson Rebellion, Yates’ many contributions have helped provide key leadership to a new generation of young freedom fighters and Black abolitionists. Affectionately described by CNN as a “disruptor of the status quo,” Yates’ thoughts and critiques on racism and state violence have been featured on NPR, Democracy Now! the Huffington Post and MSNBC.