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Episode 01: The Beat of the Racial Justice Movement: A Conversation with Three Black Male Leaders

Episode 01: The Beat of the Racial Justice Movement: A Conversation with Three Black Male Leaders

By Race Forward

*This episode opens with a statement from Race Forward Executive Vice President Eric Ward on the killing of Tyre Nichols by Memphis police officers 

It's a new season for Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast and we’re starting off in a big way with Race Forward President Glenn Harris, newly appointed Executive Vice President Eric Ward, and Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Faron McLurkin. 

As three Black men, along with the other members of Race Forward’s Executive Leadership Team, leading in the movement to advance racial equity, Glenn, Eric, and Faron speak to the fierce backlash to centering racial justice, the importance of instilling racially-equitable policies and practices across all levels of government,, and the importance of defending past gains while forging new, bold moves in the fight against white supremacy and institutional racism. 

Our panel also finds more lighthearted moments to kick back and discuss their favorite music artists, the metaphors music can have for the racial justice work we do, and exploring futurism to create bold moves. 

In the coming year, we have exciting things planned for the future of Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast as we bring you important conversations, in-depth racial justice analysis, and help build  the future of the movement with our listeners and supporters –– together. 


Resources (by order of mention)


Race Forward Urges Systemic Change In Light of Police Killing of Tyre Nichols; Continued Police Violence Against People of Color


America has an antisemitism problem and victims cannot be left to fight it alone, rabbi says (via CNN)


Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government


Government Alliance on Racial Equity (GARE)


Facing Race 2022: What's next for the movement for racial justice? What do we look forward to?


H.E.A.L. (Honest Education Action & Leadership) Together


How ‘Black Panther’ Builds Complex Characters From the Politics of Colonization (via New York Times Critic’s Notebook)


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Executive Producers: 

Hendel Leiva, Cheryl Cato Blakemore

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