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Weekly Wonk | 08.13.15

The Past, Present, and Future of the Black Lives Matter Network

Charlton McIlwain

In this piece for Weekly Wonk, New America’s digital magazine, D&S advisor Charlton McIlwain explores the provenance and prospects of the contemporary civil rights “movement network”:

What’s new about the present movement is that a new generation of activists comprises its front lines. This younger cohort favors distributed leadership over following individual leaders and holds the civil rights establishment at arms length. More importantly, their efforts are distinguished by their ability to master and marshal digital technology to mobilize people and resources. Their pioneering efforts both innovate and stand on the shoulders of decades of organizing in the streets and online and are an early indication of how the movement will evolve in the coming years.

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