Contentious statues have been torn down all across America, leaving behind empty pedestals in their wake. It’s time to place new symbols in their stead. The Pedestal Project is born of the vision to repurpose these ill-conceived pedestals by using technology to help people choose the statues that should go up on them. Statues of people who have dedicated their lives to fighting for justice and equality. So that beacons of hope and progress can stand where symbols of hate, oppression and inequality once stood. And that people everywhere can have an active voice in the movement for racial justice.
Scroll through our gallery of activists who have taken meaningful steps in the fight for racial justice.
Born into a generation that’s plugged into social media, 2020 put Chelsea at the head of mass demonstration almost overnight. She co founded Freedom March NYC with a mission to train organizers nationwide in nonviolent mobilization. She believes that this is one of those inflection points in history when you have to show up. “People ask themselves, ‘What would I have done during the civil-rights movement? Miller says. “whatever you’re doing now.”
A towering figure of the Civil Rights Era, John Lewis was the son of sharecroppers and a believer of nonviolence. He carried a mantle of moral authority into the United States Congress with his decades long historic struggle for racial equality. From being a Freedom Rider to being on the front lines to end Jim Crow laws to organizing the historic March on Washington and The March on Selma; Rep. Lewis spent his life fighting for freedom and equality.
The Ghanian pattern on the tie represents Rep. Lewis’s lifelong connections with the country. His first visit there in ‘64 deeply inspired his life’s mission to keep fighting for justice and equality for Black people everywhere.
Civil Rights Activist, innovator, strategist, organizer and writer- Alicia may wear many hats but her life’s purpose has always been singular: freedom, equality and opportunity for all Black People. She co founded the International Black Lives Matter movement, and penned the now all too famous hashtag, but she strongly believes that hashtags don’t start movements. People do.
All Black Lives Matter is a necessary reminder that our collective struggle for freedom and justice must be inclusive.