Protests and marches, like those that took place in Cleveland over the past year, played a major role in the national movement for racial justice.
From July 24-26, the Movement for Black Lives Convening
will take place at Cleveland State University, uniting for the first time on such a scale the vast activist community that is working toward equal civil rights and racial justice in the U.S.
That the Convening will be set against a backdrop of intense police scrutiny in Cleveland and U.S. Department of Justice negotiations has not been lost on attendees and organizers. Established problems with equitable law enforcement in Cleveland
mirror the same in cities all over the county. And the group recently published a brief history of organizing in Cleveland
, which includes frequent visits to the city by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s.
But the event this weekend is very much a forward-thinking momentum-builder toward racial justice.
“We have established a decentralized, but coordinated, movement that has already changed the discussion about racial justice and police violence; and now it is important that we gather, continue the discussion and build alignment,” said Maurice Mitchell, an organizer with the Movement for Black Lives. “At the Convening we hope to see a collective vision emerge to build meaningful power and agency in the Black community.”
Earlier this year, the New York Times Magazine published a compelling feature
about the social-media infrastructure of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Registration has maxed out
for this event in Cleveland.