In honor of Black History Month, our colleagues from around Catholic Charities of Boston share their reflections on iconic Black heroes from throughout history who inspire them.
Part 4 of our series features our Refugee and Immigrant Service's Racial Justice Task Force. They choose to honor the three originators of the Black Lives Matter movement: Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors. Since its founding in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement has become a global movement, guided by values of collective leadership, affirming the humanity of Black people, and centering historically marginalized members of the Black community. Members of the RIS Racial Justice Taskforce have felt called to action by this movement and work together to commit to and uplift anti-racist values in their work with refugees and immigrants from around the world.
"Change does not occur without backlash—at least, any change worth having—and that backlash is an indicator that the change is so powerful that the opposing forces resist that change with everything they have." – Alicia Garza (excerpt from Four Hundred Souls, edited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain, 2021)