Opal Tometi

Opal is a New York-based Nigerian-American writer, strategist and community organizer. She is the Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. She is credited with initiating the social media strategy during the project’s early days leading to the campaign into a network of approximately 40 chapters. In 2016, in recognition of their contribution, Opal Tometi and the #BlackLivesMatter co-founders received an honorary doctorate degree and BET’s Black Girls Rock Community Change Agent Award. Opal is currently at the helm of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI); a national organization that educates and advocates to further immigrant rights and racial justice together with African-American, Afro-Latino, African and Caribbean immigrant communities.

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