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Michelle Saahene and Melissa DePino  

Co-Founders of From Privilege to Progress

Michelle Saahene and Melissa DePino met at Starbucks in Philadelphia on April 12, 2018. They connected after witnessing two innocent black men being arrested for not buying a coffee. It’s hard to be silent while witnessing such blatant disrespect of another human being right in front of your eyes. Sadly, that day many were silent. It took our cohesive effort -- a black woman and a white woman standing up to racism -- to set off an international story that sparked the dialogue on what racism looks like today.

Speech Topics


Activism, Education, Using Your Privilege, Amplifying the Voices of People of Color

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