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5 Voices to Amplify on Twitter: Social Justice Edition

Twitter has become a rich forum on education about social history and social movements. In light of recent events, OnePitch has been reflecting on ways in which we can support the advancement toward a more equitable society. One of those first steps has been to more deeply educate ourselves on social issues, their histories, and our roles within them. This week, we want to introduce our inaugural “5 Voices to Amplify” series where we shine a light on notable people who are using their Twitter platforms to educate and inform their audiences on important topics affecting people today. We acknowledged that these lists will not be all-encompassing, but believe these 5 picks are great educators to start. We look forward to featuring more fantastic and knowledgeable voices from diverse backgrounds with valuable perspectives on an array of subjects and issues. 

Check out our picks for 5 voices to amplify on Twitter that will help you start becoming more aware, engaged, and involved on social justice issues:

Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker

What she tweets about: 

Social Justice, Race, Art, and Culture

Why we follow: 

Ava DuVernay is no stranger to the power of her voice and perspective. In her career as a filmmaker, producer, director, writer, and film distributor, she has captured and spread the stories and voices of the unheard and often overlooked. She is most widely known for her films including Academy Award-nominated film Selma, Academy Award-nominated documentary 13th, and Netflix hit When They See Us. Ms. DuVernay’s feed is full of retweets of notable voices in the social justice space as well as commentary of every-day people sharing their experience. She uses her platform to spread articles and educate her audience and is a great stepping stone for those looking to learn more. 

Ibram X. Kendi, Historian

What he tweets about: 

Antiracism, American History, and International Relations

Why we follow: 

For insight from a historical perspective, look no further.  Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s leading voices in the research and education behind the conversation on antiracism. Kendi is the Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. He is a contributor to publications including The Atlantic and CBS. Additionally, he is author of multiple New York Times bestselling books in nonfiction including, “How to Be an Antiracist”, “Stamped from the Beginning”, and “The Black Campus Movement”. His feed provides his own insight on research and findings well as shares rich resources contributing to the discussion of race and American history. Kendi is a great person to follow for those who want information-rich and academically engaging content.

Jamelle Bouie, NYT Opinion Columnist

What he tweets about: 

Politics, History, and Culture

Why we follow:

Jamelle Bouie is a New York Times opinion columnist and CBS News analyst. In addition to his sociocultural coverage at the NYT, his twitter feed is an extension of his beat where he can share content and engage in further conversation. He frequently reshares articles and tweets that dive deeper into conversations using his expertise and knowledge to further educate and inform. Bouie masterfully ties historical context and perspective in with today’s current events. Be sure to follow him for content that is value-packed and enlightening.

 

Naomi Wadler, Youth Activist

What she tweets about: 

Youth Activism, Social Justice, and Gun Reform

Why we follow:

We cannot discuss current social movements without acknowledging the impact of Generation Z activists, one being Naomi Wadler. She is most notably recognized for her “Never Again” speech against gun violence that she gave at the age of 11 at the March for Our Lives event in Washington DC in 2018. At the current age of 13, she has taken her platform to promote conversations about social justice and movements. Her twitter bio says it best that she is “changing the narrative around girls of color.” She has been featured by Time Magazine, Inc, and more for her perspective and insights into growing up today as a young girl of color in America. Naomi is a fantastic person to follow on Twitter to gain insight into the capabilities and voices of this generation’s youth.

 

Martin Luther King III, Global Human Rights Leader

What he tweets about: 

Human Rights, Activism, and Social Justice

Why we follow: 

Last, but certainly not least, we want to feature Martin Luther King III, Global Human Rights Leader and son of world-renowned Human Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. MLK III’s Twitter gives an unparalleled perspective of a man who grew up in the spotlight of social justice activism. His tweets not only provide valuable information and personal insight but also share the grassroots perspectives on some of today’s largest social movements. Mr. King is a must-follow for those who want to stay informed on not only the big picture movements but also the individuals on the front-line making the progress one march at a time.

While you are following our picks for 5 Voices to Amplify on Twitter, don’t forget that they are not the only ones! We encourage you to go beyond them and dive into embracing new perspectives because, at the end of the day, isn’t that what journalism is all about?