In 2013, Cathy Cohen, principal and founder of the Black Youth Project, gathered a cohort of 100 young Black activists from various social justice movements just outside of Chicago. During the original gathering, young Black leaders from various regions discussed the means to fight for Black liberation beyond electoral politics. The group also engaged in difficult dialogue about what diversity within Blackness looked liked through policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, healing, and political education. That same weekend, George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin. This decision sparked a fire in young Black people throughout the country and initiated the formation of BYP100 as it is known today.
After less than 2 years, BYP100 has grown and developed a national membership across the United States cultivating young Black leaders engaging in direct action organizing, public policy advocacy, and civic engagement. Over 200 BYP100 members will gather in Raleigh, North Carolina from March 12th -15th for the BYP100 “Building Black Futures National Convening.” For the first time since its founding, members from our Bay Area, Washington DC, Chicago, Durham, Detroit, New Orleans, and New York chapters will gather to participate in political education, strategic planning, and transformative leadership development.
“We chose strategically to meet in the South, having led successful civic engagement programs in 2014, because with our New Orleans and Durham chapters building, and over 55% of all Black people in this country living in the South- it was the perfect alignment of our values and our work” – Jessica Pierce, National Co-Chair.
Workshops will include “Restorative Justice, Transformative Justice, & Healing”, “Getting to the Data of Anti-Blackness”, “Feds Watchin, Protect Ya Neck: Digital Security Strategies For Black Organizers”, and so many more! This convening will be one full of radical Black love, healing, difficult conversations, and critical analysis.
“We are excited to gather for our second major convening as our family and political power continues to grow. This convening is the beginning of a tradition based in Black liberation that will only become larger and more powerful in the years to come” says BYP100 National Director Charlene Carruthers.
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