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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Announces New National Racial Equity Initiative Task Force for Social Justice Ambassadors

Representing the second cohort of Ambassadors, the six new members bring an array of perspectives and expertise and will serve a two-year term.

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) proudly announces the appointment of six members to serve as the new Ambassadors for the National Racial Equity Initiative (NREI) Task Force for Social Justice. Committed to advancing the legacy of civil rights icon John R. Lewis, these Ambassadors will play a pivotal role in challenging racial injustice and advancing racial equity nationwide through engagement with research, policy issues, programming, and community-based solutions relevant to the Black community.

In welcoming the new cohort of Ambassadors, CBCF President and CEO Nicole Austin-Hillery said, “As we continue to honor the legacy of Congressman John R. Lewis, it is essential that we amplify the voices and efforts of individuals dedicated to advancing racial equity and justice. These appointments underscore our commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable society for all.”

From healthcare and matters of intersectionality, to systemic injustice, representation in storytelling, and criminal justice reform, the new NREI Task Force for Social Justice Ambassadors bring unique insights and perspectives to a program that encourages collective action to elevate the Black community.

The newly appointed NREI Task Force for Social Justice Ambassadors are:

  • Dr. Uché Blackstock, Best-selling Author and Founder and CEO, Advancing Health Equity: A prominent advocate for health equity, Dr. Blackstock brings invaluable expertise in addressing racial disparities in healthcare access and outcomes. She recently published her memoir, “LEGACY: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine,” which became an instant New York Times bestseller.
  • Darrell Booker, Corporate Affairs Specialist and Racial Equity Tech Lead, Microsoft: A seasoned leader in Microsoft’s Philanthropy division, Mr. Booker is celebrated for his pivotal role in spearheading the Nonprofit Tech Acceleration for Black and African American Communities initiative.
  • Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Co-Founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum: A distinguished scholar and pioneering legal theorist, Dr. Crenshaw is renowned for her groundbreaking work on intersectionality, illuminating the complex ways in which race, gender, and other identities intersect to shape individuals’ experiences and opportunities.
  • Marley Dias, Activist, Author, Producer, and Creator: Recognized for her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, Ms. Dias is a trailblazing advocate for diverse representation in literature, inspiring young readers worldwide to embrace their identities and stories. As an author, speaker, and advocate, Marley continues to inspire change, leveraging partnerships and her platform to amplify underrepresented voices.
  • Tylik McMillan, Social Justice Leader and Movement Strategist: A prominent voice in civic engagement, Mr. McMillan is committed to empowering and advocating for social and economic equality, amplifying the voices of young people in the fight against systemic injustice.
  • Robert Rooks, CEO, REFORM Alliance: With a lifelong commitment to criminal justice reform and community empowerment, Mr. Rooks has been instrumental in advocating for policies that address the root causes of systemic inequities and promote rehabilitation over punishment.

Emphasizing the significance of the Task Force’s impact, NREI Senior Director Olajumoke Obayanju added, “The NREI Task Force Ambassadors represent a diverse array of perspectives and expertise, reflecting the complexity of the challenges we face in achieving racial equity. Their collective leadership across multidisciplinary and intergenerational platforms will be instrumental in driving forward the critical work of the NREI and inspiring positive change to further empower communities across the country.”

NREI Task Force for Social Justice Ambassadors serve for two years.

For more information about the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice, please visit www.cbcfinc.org.