The Power of Organizing


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Derrick Johnson
Joe Kennedy III
Tracey Lewis
Marcela García

From Freedom Summer to Standing Rock, community organizers have been behind the major milestones in America’s civil rights and social justice history. What is it about grassroots organizing that makes it such an effective tool in the fight for a more just, equitable and democratic future? What kinds of challenges do this generation of organizers face and what lessons can they learn from those who came before? What does it mean, exactly, to be an organizer? Join NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, former Congressman and Groundwork Project founder Joe Kennedy III, and grassroots organizer and political strategist Tracey Lewis as they discuss their own experiences organizing and their joint effort to build The Organizing Accelerator, a fellowship program for emerging organizers in historically under-resourced and disenfranchised communities. Boston Globe journalist Marcela García will moderate the discussion.

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