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Unwavering: The
Power of Black

About the Film

Unwavering is a rare snapshot of the hard truths Black founders face in building stable social enterprises. From surviving unpredictable funding to finding joy in expanding innovation and abundance to their communities, this film speaks truth to power in philanthropy and beyond.

About the Film

After the summer of 2020, Black-led organizations saw record levels of corporate pledges and charitable donations as the world reacted to heightened calls for racial justice. But as funding patterns have shown, interest in their work is already trending downward. Echoing Green is honored to tell the story of Unwavering: The Power of Black Innovation, featuring leading voices including Dr. Cory Greene (also featured in Ava DuVernay’s 13th), architect and activist Deanna Van Buren, gaming and tech educator Damon Packwood, and award-winning social entrepreneur and nonprofit leader Dr. Cheryl Dorsey.


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Meet the Fellows in Unwavering

Brandon Anderson

2018 Fellow

Jelani Anglin

Good Call
2018 Fellow

B. Cole

Brown Boi Project
2012 Fellow

Cory Greene

How Our Lives Link Altogether! (H.O.L.L.A!)
2016 Fellow

Fagan Harris

Baltimore Corps
2014 Fellow

Teresa Hodge

Mission: Launch
2018 Fellow

Mario Jovan Shaw

Profound Gentlemen
2015 Fellow

Laurin Leonard

Mission: Launch
2018 Fellow

Daquan Oliver

2015 Fellow

Damon Packwood

2016 Fellow

Deanna Van Buren

Designing Justice
Designing Spaces
2016 Fellow

Brittany Young

2018 Fellow

“We’re proud to support Unwavering, which spotlights the most innovative leaders working on the front lines to break down racism and build a more equitable future. This film connects to our profound commitment to advancing racial equity, from within our own organization to the vast audiences we reach through our network.”

– Gwyneth J. Gaul, Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Philanthropy, Comcast NBCUniversal

Bring Unwavering to your community

Host a Screening—please use the form linked below to provide some background information about your event and audience. Once you submit a request, an Echoing Green staff member will reach out to schedule a meeting to learn more about your proposed screening.

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Jen Sarduy's professional headshot

Unwavering calls our deepest truths into full view. The honest storytelling is both a call to listen and a call to action. Highlighting both historic and current examples of Black innovation is a genius way to show the humanity and power that was bred from injustice and struggle. This film changed me. It validated my experience and showed me the power possible when Black innovators feel able to show up as our full selves. Sharing Unwavering at our justice-based philanthropic gathering called so many truths into the space and allowed for the most open and honest discussion in its wake.”

— Jen Sarduy, Communications Director, Donors of Color

Inspired? Dive Deeper

Report — Black Voices, Black Spaces: The Power of Black Innovation

Our report Black Voices, Black Spaces: The Power of Black Innovation explores the possibilities for the field of social innovation through a series of critical reflections on Echoing Green’s last decade of investment in Black social innovators. Featuring stories and learnings from the leaders supported through Echoing Green’s Black Male Achievement Fellowship (2012-2020), the report considers the present factors impacting Black social change leadership and calls for sustained support for Black innovators building a world where all people can thrive.

Read the report

Invest in Black Leaders Campaign

Unwavering is part of Echoing Green’s Invest in Black Leaders storytelling campaign, which provides a pathway for communities, donors, and funders to act, and calls for sustained support for Black innovators who are building a world where all people can thrive.

Learn more about the campaign


Thank you to Comcast NBCUniversal, the lead supporter of the Invest in Black Leaders campaign and an anchor partner of Echoing Green’s Racial Equity Philanthropic Fund. Cornerstone support from Comcast NBCUniversal has enabled Echoing Green to accelerate the impact of visionary leaders addressing racial equity in the U.S., including several of the innovators featured in the campaign. We’re also grateful for the generous support of our campaign partners Allstate, Barclays, Moody’s, and General Atlantic.