how can dancers take
action for racial justice?
Spread awareness. Educate your family, your peers, your followers. Spread factual information
and share black stories! If you are black, please know that your experiences have the power to
change someone’s perspective for the greater good. Your stories may also empower members
of the black community to feel less alone, to speak out against racism, to share their stories,
and/ or take a more active part in racial justice movements. If you are non-black, listen to your
black friends when they share their experiences and share those stories with your fellow white
friends to spread awareness.
Do your research. Target federal laws that perpetuate racial injustice. Some examples of what
to look into are: Qualiﬁed Immunity & Mandatory Minimum Sentencing. Also be sure to know
your state laws and state policies on police oﬃcers; for example: are your oﬃcers required to
wear body cams? Are they required to undergo de-escalation training? Do they have resources
to rehab oﬃcers after they experience traumatic events in the ﬁeld?
Vote. Use your research ﬁndings to elect the right leaders into ALL areas of oﬃce. Be sure to
keep track of voting for delegates, governors, mayors, House of Representative and Senate
members, etc. Do not just focus on the presidential vote! *Mayors are typically in
charge of electing State Police Commissioners, so if you’re concerned
about your local police, be pro-active in electing Mayors who
want police reform.
Call, email, protest in front of your leaders!
Demand PROACTIVE change. Ask for things like:
prison reform, more school funding, integrating
anti-racist curriculum into school systems, etc.
Camille A. Brown
director, dance educator, dancer