Contemplating the insights and stories featured in the documentary, these three leaders also discussed how stories can be reflections of hopes and dreams of a world that has yet to exist – a world free from racism and its interconnected conditions where all can thrive. At once, stories are a means to share visions for what could be and a blueprint for building anew.
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Asked in 1999 what she would like readers to take from her novels, visionary Black futurist writer Octavia E. Butler replied, “What sort of future are we creating? Is it the kind of future you want to live in? If it isn’t, what can we do to create a better future? Individually and in groups, what can we do?”
Collectively, we have the chance to leverage our own talents, position, and power to invest in Black leaders, disrupt injustice, and build a new legacy for generations to come.
We are grateful for those who joined us for the premiere of Unwavering: The Power of Black Innovation and helped us celebrate the official launch of the Invest in Black Leaders campaign.
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The Invest in Black Leaders campaign is presented with support from Comcast NBCUniversal, Barclays, Bloomberg Philanthropies, General Atlantic, Allstate, and The Moody’s Foundation.