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Abdi Latif Dahir writes in the NY Times, ” A young climate activist, Vanessa Nakate, had just sat down for lunch at the gathering of the global elite in Davos, Switzerland, in January last year when she saw the photo that would catapult her to global fame — not for what it showed, but for what it did not. Her, to be precise. When The Associated Press released a picture of the five from the event, Ms. Nakate had been cropped out. ”

May be an image of 9 people

An image released this week showed Australian Olympians and Paralympians in sponsored outfits, but did not feature any athletes of color. WNBA player Liz Cambage later said the photo had been “whitewashed”. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has said more should have been done to reflect the team’s diversity. https://www.instagram.com/p/COgr1i_ljW0/?utm_source=ig_embed

Defying stigma and stereotype, Bayard Rustin was an openly gay man who served as an integral part of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Rustin was essential in organizing the Freedom Rides of the early 1960s, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the 1963 March on Washington.  Read HERE.

Civil rights organizer Bayard Rustin (center), speaking with youth, (left to right) Carolyn Carter, Cecil Carter, Kurt Levister and Kathy Ross, before a demonstration in 1964. Ed Ford/Library of Congress
 
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