The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans in 2020 - 27: Alicia Garza

Oleg Dyachenko
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Famous for being one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza continues her trailblazing activism to empower the Black community as head of the Black Futures Lab, which "works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operates." Earlier this year, the lab released the Black Agenda, a point-by-point list urging political leaders to enact policies that will help destroy the barriers that have hindered Black prosperity and diminished our political power. This project comes on the heels of BFL's 2018 Black Census Project, the largest survey of Black Americans in 155 years, which provided insights into the aspirations of Black people across all 50 states and will help inform another BFL initiative, the Black to the Future Public Policy Institute, a place for policy advocacy and leadership training. But Garza isn't limiting her reach. She's branching out into film as she joins a star-studded cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance and Phylicia Rashad in the film adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' New York Times bestseller, _Between the World and Me_, which is set to air on HBO. Garza is also set to release a book in October, _The Purpose of Power__: How to Build Movements for the 21st Century_, in which she delves into her experience fighting for Black lives, shares her knowledge about organizing and discusses racial history.