By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
WOODBURY â€“ Alicia Garza, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter and currently the principal at Black Futures Lab, will be the keynote speaker at the Salvation and Social Justice virtual event “Advocating for Accountability: From the Pews to the Streets” on Zoom at 5 p.m. on June 24.
Garza, a longtime California civil rights activists, is credited with creating the phrase “Black Lives Matter” after George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a Florida jury in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2013.
She, Opal Tometi and Patrisse Cullors are credited to birthing the BLM movement that spread around the world, based on protests against police brutality and social justice. Together, they founded the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, that attempts for further those causes.
Black Futures Lab works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operatesâ€”locally, statewide, and nationally.
Rev. Charles Boyer, founder of Salvation and Social Justice in Woodbury, will also take part in the summit along with Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, founding trustee and general secretary for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and Ryan Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, founded in 2003, represents a cross section of progressive African American faith leaders and their congregations in the United States continuing the rich legacy of the faith community’s engagement in issues of human rights and social justice.
The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice uses cutting-edge racial and social justice advocacy to empower people of color by building reparative systems that create wealth, transform justice and harness democratic powerâ€”from the ground upâ€”in New Jersey.
Those interested can register for the forum HERE.
Salvation and Social Justice seeks to liberate public policy theologically by building Black faith-rooted communication strategies, advocacy, and public education campaigns, to lift up poor, underserved, and traditionally oppressed communities with a particular focus on racial justice through abolition, restoration, transformation, and coalition.
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