First-Ever Movement for Black Lives Convening Will Take Place in Cleveland This Weekend

From July 24-26, the Movement for Black Lives Convening will take place at Cleveland State University, uniting for the first time on such a scale the vast activist community that is working toward equal civil rights and racial justice in the U.S.

That the Convening will be set against a backdrop of intense police scrutiny in Cleveland and U.S. Department of Justice negotiations has not been lost on attendees and organizers. Established problems with equitable law enforcement in Cleveland mirror the same in cities all over the county. And the group recently published a brief history of organizing in Cleveland, which includes frequent visits to the city by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s.

But the event this weekend is very much a forward-thinking momentum-builder toward racial justice.

“We have established a decentralized, but coordinated, movement that has already changed the discussion about racial justice and police violence; and now it is important that we gather, continue the discussion and build alignment,” said Maurice Mitchell, an organizer with the Movement for Black Lives. “At the Convening we hope to see a collective vision emerge to build meaningful power and agency in the Black community.”

Earlier this year, the New York Times Magazine published a compelling feature about the social-media infrastructure of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 

Registration has maxed out for this event in Cleveland. 
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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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