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//  # Y G B Q LEGAL DEFENSE FUND //

Young, Gifted, BLACK, & QUEER

A RECKONING FOR institutional discriminatioN

 

Inspired by the #MeToo & Time's Up women's movements, the Young, Gifted, Black, & Queer Legal Defense Fund will help defray legal & public relations costs in select cases for those who have experienced racism, sexual harassment, disparate treatment, or related retaliation in the workplace.  We're tired of waiting for tomorrow - Our # Y G B Q lives are at stake & We demand equity today

 

 
 ILLUSTRATIONS OF   #  Y G B Q  LEGENDS, (L-R)  LANGSTON HUGHES ,  JAMES BALDWIN , &  BAYARD RUSTIN

ILLUSTRATIONS OF # Y G B Q LEGENDS, (L-R) LANGSTON HUGHES, JAMES BALDWIN, & BAYARD RUSTIN


A network of lawyers & public relations professionals across the country will work to provide assistance to those who have experienced harassment or retaliation.  Access to prompt, comprehensive legal & communications services will mean empowerment for disenfranchised individuals, as well as long-term growth for our culture & communities as a whole.

 
When an INDIVIDUAL is protesting society’s refusal to ACKNOWLEDGE HIS DIGNITY as a human being, his very act of PROTEST confers DIGNITY on HIM.
— BAYARD RUSTIN, MLK, JR. KEY ADVISOR & MARCH ON WASHINGTON ORGANIZER, FORCED INTO THE SHADOWS FOR BEING UNAPOLOGETICALLY QUEER.

 

JAMES BALDWIN  &  BAYARD RUSTIN

Young, Gifted, BLACK, & QUEER

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//  SANKOFA  //

In order to understand our present and ensure our future, we must know our past.  

Sankofa teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. The concept of Sankofa is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Africa.  Sankofa is expressed in the Akan language as “se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki.”  Literally translated, it means, “it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.”

Visually and symbolically, Sankofa is expressed as a mythic bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg (symbolizing the future) in its mouth. 

 

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