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Our goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities.  We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”  We seek to achieve our goals with the following 5 core beliefs in mind:

  • The key to effective civic engagement and community power is understanding, respecting and supporting local infrastructure.

  • Black voters matter not only on election day, but on the 364 days between election days as well.  This means we must support individuals and organizations that are striving to obtain social justice throughout the year.

  • Black voters matter *everywhere*, including rural counties and smaller cities/towns that are often ignored by candidates, elected officials, political parties and the media.

  • In order for Black voters to matter, we must utilize authentic messaging which speaks to our issues, connects with our hopes and affirms our humanity.  

  • The leadership, talent and commitment demonstrated by Black women in particular must receive recognition and, more importantly, *investment* in order to flourish and multiply.

The key to effective civic engagement and community power is understanding, respecting and supporting local infrastructure.

Cliff Albright

Co-Founder

Cliff previously served as the Director of Development and Communications for an Atlanta area nonprofit where he successfuly raised funds for a multi-million dollar budget. He has written/advised on several reports on philanthropy, and he recently helped develop a strategy for funders seeking to support power building efforts in the South. Cliff has written articles on racial justice issues in publications such as The Guardian, and he hosts a weekly radio show. He has also taught African-American Studies at several universities.

 

LaTosha Brown

Co-Founder

In addition to helping to lead BVM's efforts, LaTosha currently coordinates the Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium with support from the Novo Foundation.  She recently served as the founding director of Grantmakers for Southern Progress, where she raised awareness around funding Southern organizing through a series of landmark reports, funder gatherings and other mechanisms. Prior to GSP, LaTosha helped found and served as the first Executive Director of Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors’ Gulf Coast Fund, where she oversaw the distribution of more than $2.5 million.

Our Team

Board Members

Baye Adofo-Wilson

Of Counsel at Rainone Coughlin Minchello, LLC, Attorneys at Law
Former Deputy Mayor, Newark, NJ

Tarana Burke

Founder/Thought Leader of Me Too Movement

Rukia Lumumba

Founder, People’s Advocacy Institute
Co-Creator at Electoral Justice Project

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