The next crisis is here.
It’s called #BlackLivesMatter.
As the United States celebrates Black History Month, it’s a time to remember the struggles that continue to shape our nation’s history.
And the first step in that healing process is to recognize how deeply we have changed over the past four decades, and how much has changed for the better.
Here are six key takeaways about #BlackMatter: 1.
The country is finally seeing progress on diversity, in a big way.
In the past few years, the number of minority students participating in college classes has risen, and more and more students are graduating from college with a degree from a diverse group of schools.
And it is happening.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of minorities in American high schools rose to 8.5% in 2014, and that number rose to 11.2% in 2015.
In 2016, the year after the Black Lives Matter movement took hold, the nation had the lowest percentage of minority children enrolled in college, and it has not yet dipped below that number again.
This is good news for students and teachers alike.
The next big thing is to get to know your audience.
In many ways, the next major wave of progress will come from our diverse audiences.
It will require us to become more thoughtful about what we are doing and how we’re doing it, and where we’re at in our journeys.
When it comes to diversity in media, for example, our content creators, our readers, our brands, are now more diverse than ever before.
And that means that the next generation of leaders will be more able to see the diversity that exists in their communities.
Diversity in the workplace will be even bigger than the next wave.
Diversity has long been a strength in our economy, and the United Nations has a history of investing in efforts to diversify our workforce.
But the next time you think about getting the best jobs available, you might want to remember that we still have a long way to go before we have a fully diverse workforce.
That is a fact that many companies are already realizing, with many of the largest companies being run by women and minorities.
It takes a lot of hard work to become a “black writer.”
Even in this age of digital storytelling, there are still barriers to reaching a broader audience.
For starters, there’s the stigma that comes with being white, or even a woman of color.
And then there’s a whole lot of racism in this country, which has been exacerbated by decades of policing and discrimination against black people.
There’s also a lot that still needs to be done to bridge the divide between the “black” and “white” communities.
And finally, there is the way our media landscape still works today, which means that writers are often overlooked and ignored.
And even in this day and age, a lot more writers are doing things that are not typical of black writers.
As a writer, you have to be aware of that.
In a time of great uncertainty, it is important to find ways to connect to the next crisis.
In this year of #BlackMatters, I believe that there is a big opportunity for a story that will inspire others to step forward and say, “We have something to offer.”
This year, #BlackWritersMatter is part of a national effort to get the word out about #BLM and the upcoming Black Lives Matters movement.
That includes sharing your stories and experiences, as well as using your platform to raise awareness for a cause you believe in.
And I encourage you to use your platform on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or any of your favorite platforms to share your thoughts and experiences.
This isn’t just about getting your voice out there; it’s about showing the world what #BlackLifeMatter looks like and the sacrifices that are being made to keep our country from falling apart.
Be bold, but know when to back down.
For me, the most important lesson about #Matter came from my sister.
When she went to a conference last year in Chicago, she didn’t know what to expect.
But she decided to tell her story.
She told a story about how, years earlier, her brother was beaten to death by a white man.
That night, she knew she needed to come out of the shadows and speak out.
She called out to her community, but her brother wasn’t there.
She didn’t need him.
She wanted to speak up for herself, because she knew that was what she needed.
That was what mattered.
I want to be the voice of that message for you and your fellow Americans, and I’m here to help you do that.
I will be sharing #BlackWritingChallenge with you, and if you need more guidance, there will be lots of great resources at