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11 Black activists to follow on Instagram right now, mama

These women are inspiring people to fight against racism.

Black activists

In the wake of George Floyd, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery protests, now more than ever, people are seeking allyship and practical, tangible solutions for change. While you're raising anti-racist kids, it's also important to do your own work, mama. So we rounded up a list of women who are authors, change agents and thinkers dedicated to the fight against racism. Follow them to learn how to take action and have your finger on the pulse of history in the making.



Here are some of our favorite inspiring Black activists empowering the world to fight against racism:

1. Alicia Garza (@chasinggarza)

Alicia co-founded the Black Lives Matter network, but she's also influential in directing the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

2. Brittany Packnett Cunningham (@mspackyetti)

Brittany is a frequent contributor to MSNBC with a very clear mission: To end police violence in America.

3. Janet Mock (@janetmock)

Janet is a trans woman, who serves as a television host, director, producer and rights activist.

4. Rachel Cargle (@rachel.cargle)

A lecturer who created The Loveland Foundation as an effort to give justice and offer support to marginalized people.

5. Ijeoma Oluo (@ijeomaoluo)

Ijeoma is the author of So You Want to Talk About Race and is dedicated to removing the stigma around mental health and speaks openly against social injustices.

6. Patricia A. Taylor (@patricia_a_taylor)

As founder of the blog Some Thoughts From Your Black Friend, Patricia uses her platform to support allies and Black people.

8. Layla Thee Ancestress (@laylafsaad)

Layla is the author of Me and White Supremacy, and the host of Good Ancestor podcast.

9. Mireille Cassandra Harper (@mireillecharper)

Mireille is best known for contributing to Girls Let's Talk, a community where women can network, but she recently wrote a viral 10-step sensitivity guide for allies who want to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

10. Angela Rye (@angelarye)

An NPR political analyst and CNN commentator who isn't afraid to speak out against racial injustices.

11. Ava DuVernay (@ava)

Ava is a writer, director, producer and film distributor who sits on the advisory board of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and chairs the Prada Diversity Council.

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