Selma native named 1 of 3 Glamour magazine women of the year

A Selma native and Black Lives Matter Co-founder was named Glamour Magazine Women of the Year.LaTosha Brown was acknowledged for her contribution in trying to change the world. New Georgia Project Chief Executive Officer Nsé Ufot, and Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda executive director Helen Butler were also recognized alongside Brown. “I am honored to be one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of The Year as part of a group of trailblazing women who are leading the fight to protect our democracy as well as a legacy of Black women in the Bible Belt who are changing the world,” Brown said. Brown, 50, said growing up in Selma paved the way for her future as an activist. “As a daughter of Selma, my entire political career has been shaped by the lessons I learned here — both good and bad,” Brown said. “Selma is the birthplace of the modern civil rights movement and it’s where I held my very first job as an organizer. [...]

By |December 3rd, 2021|

For Black Voters Matter, the goal is greater community power

LaTosha Brown opened with a song. Speaking about voting rights one recent spring day in Selma, Alabama, the Black activist delivered the civil rights anthem “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” in a voice showcasing her background as a jazz singer. She told her audience, through music, that the fight for equal access to the ballot box was as urgent as ever. The song drew cheers from a few dozen listeners, young and old, who had gathered before the brown-bricked African Methodist Episcopal church in a city known for its poverty as much as for its troubled racial past. For Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, the song served to introduce a question. “Close your eyes,” she said. “What would America look like without racism?” “How will we ever create what we’re not even envisioning? There was nothing that was brought into the real world that was not first envisioned.” A year after the police killing of George Floyd galvanized public attention to racial [...]

By |June 14th, 2021|

For the love of humanity: A Conversation with LaTosha Brown

In the aftermath of the powerful racial justice protests that swept the nation in the summer of 2020, the Raikes Foundation launched the Black Leadership & Power Fund to support leaders of color working to build power and advance anti-racist policy change. Black Voters Matter, led by indefatigable Executive Director LaTosha Brown, was at the top of our list. The Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute aims to increase power and agency in communities through voting. The organization played an instrumental role registering voters in Georgia in the run up to the 2020 election. LaTosha sat down with Raikes Foundation Executive Director Dennis Quirin for a conversation about the state of the racial justice movement, the importance of a multiracial democracy, and what’s changed since 2020. Their conversation, lightly edited, is below. Dennis Quirin: I’m excited to have a conversation with you because you are such a fascinating thinker and doer in this moment. And I’m curious about what you think about our country’s [...]

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