It’s no secret that being black in America is dangerous. So dangerous to the point that an organization is dedicating itself to ending racial profiling.
And its name is a very intentional reminder why they exist.
The Living & Driving While Black Foundation was founded in 2005 by former National Action Network and NAACP Moline chapter President David L. Lowery Jr. as:
“a non-profit organization incorporated under the State of Illinois for charitable purposes of enhancing the quality of life, by informing community residents that racial profiling occurs when race is used by law enforcement or private security officials, to any degree as a basis for criminal suspicion in non-suspect specific investigation; and that discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, nationality sexual preference or any other particular identity undermines the basic human rights and freedoms to which every person is entitled.”
The organization holds a variety of workshops and forums related to ending racial profiling , particularly among black men.
Past events include “Just Want to Be Heard,” a forum that allowed young people of color to use their voices and the Justice Fund Dinner featuring keynote speaker Danny Glover.
The fact that an organization with such a name as “Living & Driving While Black” speaks volumes about the systematic issue of racial profiling that black men deal with.
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