JAY-Z and his label Roc Nation putting their social justice pursuits into action. On Wednesday, it was announced that Roc Nation is planning systemic racism and policy issues in America during a summit that will be held in New York City on July 23rd. Assembled by Team Roc, The United Justice Coalition will host the inaugural social justice convention.
Headliners of the summit include Charlamagne Tha God, Ben Crump, Van Jones, Tamika Mallory and Michael Eric Dyson. Also set to appear are family members of individuals slain by police officers, including Danroy Henry Sr. and Angella Henry, the parents of DJ Henry, Michelle Kenney, the mother of Antwon Rose II, Allisa Findley, the sister of Botham Jean and more.
Dania Diaz, Roc Nation’s managing director of philanthropy spoke to ABC News about the initiative.
“It is an opportunity for people to really learn about issues that impact their communities — issues that are going to inevitably come up in midterm elections — and hopefully, it’ll drive action,” Diaz said, “at the very least, to get more people connected to what’s happening locally in their communities, but also, you know, getting them to register to vote, first and foremost. And to recognize that there are networks of folks and organizations that they can lean into for support and for greater resources.”
Diaz added that the summit’s intuition is aligned with hip-hop’s mission.
“If you think about it from a lyrical standpoint and from just a cultural standpoint, the voices that drive hip hop and the music and the lyrics and the experiences that are brought to the table are really largely from a social and racial justice lens,” she said. “And so I think that when we talk about hip hop, as a vehicle to move culture, it’s also a vehicle to address social justice issues and systemic problems.”
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