By Amaka Watson

Black Futures Lab marks a milestone in its pursuit of nationwide representation: the culmination of The Black Census, an unparalleled effort to gather responses from Black individuals across all 50 states.

Black leaders who joined in the conversation included Alicia Garza, founder of Black Future Lab; Michael Harriot, author of “Black AF: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America;” Aria Sa’id co-founder of Emeritus, The Transgender District; Roland Martin, host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered; and Angela Rye, social justice advocate.

“As we head into 2024 it is really critical that we engage Black communities early and often,” said Garza. “Every single day there is policy that is being made about us without us which makes it not public policy.”

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