Reflect: Key People, Connections and Discussion Questions

This page is about reflection. You’ll find a list of some of the key people and organizations relevant to this section. You’ll also find a section called intersectionality to encourage thinking about how different issues are connected, and discussion questions to encourage deeper thinking. Take some time to answer the questions, look these people up and learn more about their stories.

The content on this site is not complete: there are countless numbers of people and so many stories — from small acts of defiance to major leadership positions — that didn’t get recorded or that don’t often make it into textbooks.

This website is meant to be grown and improved upon. We’ve included some of the heroes, but if you know people we are missing, let us know so we can include their stories too.

Key People & Groups

  • Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC)
  • Black Lives Matter (National and Local Chapters)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • BWOPA (Black Women Organized for Political Action)
  • State Voices
  • Voices for Racial Justice
  • Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage
  • Black Youth Project
  • Millennial Activists United
  • Hands Up United
  • Dream Defenders
  • Save the Kids
  • Campaign Zero
  • Demos
Discussion Questions: 
What are some of the tactics being used by groups like Black Lives Matter? What do you think is the strategy?
Do you think there are similarities between issues that African Americans face today and those that were faced during the Civil Rights Movement? If so, what are some examples? How are things different?
What do you think MN would be like if our government was truly representative of our communities? (i.e. if the government “looked like the people”)? How do we make that happen?
Do you think voting can have an impact on indirect barriers like the school-to-prison pipeline, the opportunity gap and poverty?
Who are some of the Black folks leading change?
In what ways do you think intersectionality of identities (i.e. race, gender, class, etc.) can affect the disenfranchisement of communities?