Essence Magazine continues the charge toward racial equality and the fight against police brutality.
On the publication’s Twitter account, they unveiled their February 2015 cover– an entire issue dedicated to the rallying cry of protesters across the nation.
The issue sports an all-black cover with hashtags such as #blacklivesmatter, #handsupdontshoot #heisnotasuspect along with others. The content focuses on many of the women of the #blacklivesmatter movement with commentary from Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander and Isabel Wilkerson, just to name a few.
Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa K. DeLuca wrote a heartfelt letter to readers hoping to help find a “constructive path” to answers.
“It is the first time in our 45-year history that we have not featured a cover image. Pictures are powerful, but so are words. That’s why we’ve invited some of our greatest thought leaders—you included—to help us answer the question on our minds at the moment: Where do we go from here? Beginning this month, inspired by you, we are launching Civil Rights Watch, a new series across our platforms in which we will be chronicling—and calling out—significant gains, losses and solutions in this evolving movement as we all try to find a constructive path forward.
The protests, die-ins, marches and social media campaigns that have been born out of our collective grief have given you an opportunity to express your outrage, show your support for the victims and their families whose lives have been forever changed, and forge alliances with like-minded individuals who also believe that it is time for a change. It gives me hope that so many young people are leading the way, people like Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, the brave and beautiful women behind the BlackLivesMatter movement. When we asked Patrisse for their permission to use their poignant battle cry as the centerpiece for our story, she graciously agreed.”
Read the essay from Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of #blacklivesmatter here.
The #Blacklivesmatter issue of Essence Magazine is on newsstands now!