Home > What Could Possibly Go Right? Interview Series > Episode 10: Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.: Racial Justice, Youth Empowerment, Climate Change, and Faith

July 16, 2020

President & Founder of Hip Hop Caucus, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., brings his perspectives on racial justice, youth empowerment, climate change, and faith to the big question of “What could possibly go right?” His insights include:

  • How young people are communing with their spirituality and are using it to focus their fight for justice.
  • How the current state of the country now is akin to a heart attack for someone who has been ignoring the things that make themselves healthy.
  • How we’ve been investing in things, not to bring us together, but to tear us apart.
  • How the current urgency and passion in the racial justice movement is driven by understanding that if we don’t get it right now, it’ll have disastrous effects moving forward.
  • How it isn’t the change but the transition that can throw you for a loop.
  • How the first thing to do in this “healing crisis” is to realize what got us to this point and to work through that pain of awareness. 
  • How we cannot do the work regarding climate justice if it doesn’t have a racial justice framework.

About Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is the President & Founder of Hip Hop Caucus, a minister, community activist, U.S. Air Force veteran, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life.  He entered the world of Hip Hop Politics as the Political and Grassroots Director for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network in 2003 and 2004, and as a key architect of P. Diddy’s “Vote Or Die!” campaign in 2004. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he established the award winning Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign where he led a coalition of national and grassroots organizations to advocate for the rights of Katrina survivors. In 2008, he led Hip Hop Caucus’ launch of Respect My Vote!, a campaign and coalition that works with Hip Hop artists to engage young people in the electoral process. As a national leader and pacemaker within the Green Movement, he works to bridge the gap between communities of color and environmental advocacy. He is a leader in campaigns calling for divestment from fossil fuels causing climate change, increasing diversity in the climate movement, ensuring everyone has clean water and air, and international efforts to address climate change. In 2018, he helped launch Think 100%, Hip Hop Caucus’ award-winning climate communications and activism platform.

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