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Opal Tometi          

Human Rights Advocate, Strategist, Writer, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Movement

Opal Tometi is a globally recognized human rights advocate, strategist and writer of Nigerian-American descent. She has been active in social movements for over 15 years, and is widely known for her role as a co-founder of Black Lives Matter and for her years of service as the Executive Director of the United States first national immigrant rights organization for people of African descent – the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

A millennial trailblazer and immigration policy expert, Tometi is respected for her creativity and bold leadership. In 2018 she was a recipient of the Vh1 Everyday Trailblazer honor and was a Frederick Douglass 200 Awardee for her groundbreaking contributions to contemporary social movements.

Her contributions as a leading public figure are grounded in service, and include being a member of the international coordinating council for Africans Rising for Peace and Dignity, serving on the board of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity and Steering Committee of the Pan African Network in Defense of Migrant Rights. An international thought leader, Tometi notably, addressed the United Nations General Assembly.

Her human rights work has earned her many recognitions including the distinction of gracing the cover of ESSENCE Magazine’s inaugural Woke 100 issue, being named “A New Civil Rights Leader” by CNN and the Los Angeles Times. And in 2016, Tometi, alongside fellow BLM co-founders, received an honorary doctorate, the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Award, BET’s Black Girls Rock Community Change Agent Award, and recognition by Fortune, POLITICO and Marie Claire Magazines for being among the world’s fifty greatest leaders.

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