5 reasons why Black Lives Matter is essential and necessary: Lessons from Pienel Joseph’s article “Why Black Lives Matter Still Matters”

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University of Texas historian Peniel Joseph recently wrote an article for the New Republic entitled Why Black Lives Matter Still Matters. In this article, Joseph explores how the Black Lives Matter movement is establishing a new and unique form of civil rights activism and organizing that builds on the strengths of both the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement of the 1960’s. He responds to criticisms of Black Lives Matter that suggest that the movement is devoid of goals and leadership by highlighting the intersectional nature and focus of this new movement. This article provides a timely and thoughtful analysis on the relationship between Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights and Black Power movement in the 1960’s. Furthermore, this article, while not targeted specifically for Christians, provides some necessary and essential lessons for Christians interested in engaging in the struggle for racial justice in their church…

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