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Black History Month Appreciation (Day 26): Johnetta Elzie

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For day 2 of our #LiveCivilBHM series, we highlighted an important activist for the Black Lives Matter movement named Deray Mckesson. Well, if you know Deray, then you know @Nettaaaaaaaa, an equally important activist who has teamed up with Deray on various occasions. Therefore, honoring Netta this month is an absolute must.

Standing up for what she believes in day in and day out, Netta never backs down from a challenge. Constantly dealing with Twitter “trolls,” Netta stays focused on the end goal — making Black lives officially matter.

Elzie stood with the people of Ferguson and stood with the people of Baltimore to aid their efforts in ending the police violence against black communities. Netta, along with several others, backed those fighting for justice and has continued to do so. Together, her and Deray created “Mapping Police Violence”, which did research data on the amount of lives murdered by police in 2014.

Around that same time, Netta and Deray received a huge honor when The Los Angeles Times has named Elzie and Mckesson as two of the twenty-one people on their list of “The new civil rights leaders: Emerging voices in the 21st century” based on their activism work. The New York Times also said the two figures are at the forefront of “the nation’s first 21st-century civil rights movement.”

Netta and McKesson have been awarded the Howard Zinn Freedom to Write Award from the New England branch of PEN in 2015 for their activism, and were also named as two of the 53 people on Fortune‘s 2015 list of “World’s Greatest Leaders.”

Most recently, Netta was featured on ESSENCE Magazine’s “Black Girl Magic” edition, further showing her importance to the black community.

Be clear — she’s just getting started.

Thank you Netta for all of your hardwork and being a prominent figure in the BLM movement. Happy Black History Month!


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