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NPQ’s latest Remaking the Economy webinar builds on a recent article series that we ran this fall titled Black Male Leadership: Nonprofit Voices, Truth, and Power. In that series, curated by Tony Pickett and Marcus Littles, five different Black nonprofit male leaders highlighted the unique challenges they face, as well as ways to move forward, including the need to confront patriarchal norms that have undermined racial justice work. Here we continue that conversation within the context of an economic and health crisis that has disproportionately harmed Black Americans.

Our panelists are:

Tony Pickett, CEO of the Grounded Solutions Network, a Black-led national nonprofit based in Washington, DC, which supports inclusive housing policies, community land trusts and multiple other housing models with lasting affordability.

Marcus Littles, founder and senior Partner at Frontline Solutions, a Black-owned national social impact consulting firm with offices in Washington, DC and Durham, North Carolina.

Khary Lazarre-White, cofounder and executive director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis), a youth development and educational organization based in Harlem that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and author of the novel Passage.

Among the questions that the panelists address in their wide-ranging conversation are the following:

  • How do race, gender, and class intersect amid the health and economic crisis that is COVID-19?
  • How are Black-led nonprofits addressing the COVID-19 emergency?
  • How can nonprofits leverage project-based funding to advance a broader social justice agenda?
  • How can community power and political power be built up by investing in Black-owned businesses?
  • What are new stories and narratives need to be lifted up to advance racial and economic justice?


NPQ’s Black men’s leadership series (curated by Tony Pickett and Marcus Littles)

Selected work by Khary Lazarre-White