Watch: State of the Black Union

“On January 20, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address in which he discussed a variety of social and economic concerns facing the country. However, when it came to the issues of racism and police violence – the issue facing Black people – the President was silent.

And so, in order to elevate our voices and the movement we have built to address the systemic oppression we face, over a dozen organizations have come together to release the State of the Black Union.

We recognize that not even a Black President will speak our truths. So in the name of all Black people killed by racial terror in this country, we speak and continue to make Black lives matters.” — State of the Black Union