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Inspiring Conversations with Brenton Webb of The Social Justice Movement

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brenton Webb.

Hi Brenton, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I grew up in Toledo, OH in the church immediately learning right from wrong. My parents sent me to a predominantly white school where I learned about the cultural difference between Black and white America. Thankful for what I learned in my adolescence carried me into when I began living in Chicago in my late 20’s. In Chicago, I learned even more about segregation, discrimination, and inequality.

Then in 2020, George Floyd was brutally murdered on camera. I have always been involved in my communities, but this felt different. From there, I knew that I had to do something. So from there, I reached out to people that I trusted who would feel the same as I did at that moment watching Floyd. Together we created The 2020 Movement (known as The Social Justice Movement now) because we knew that after the emotions wore off, people would stop caring and go back to their normal day days.

We needed to create an organization that would sustain the movement and momentum created. Now we post-learning information with over 2000 followers, have hosted events with Dr. Akilah Cadet and the Loyola Women’s Basketball team. We’re just getting started.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. With every group of people that want to create a better society, there are going to be trials and tribulations, learning curves, and failures. But we embrace those things because we can’t live in a society that is content with how things are. We really don’t get how anyone can.

We have learned who to work with and who to trust. That the formalities sometimes get in the way of creating change. We’re still very much so in our growth stage and we’re excited for what’s to come.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about The Social Justice Movement?
We are an organization that seeks to keep the momentum going by teaching and learning with our followers. We like to think of ourselves as a civil rights digital library. We do what other activist groups are not by doing community-based events, hosting calls with our followers to have breakout sessions while providing homework to learn from.

We also produce a scholarship of $2500 for a minority high school student of our choosing for their future education. The scholarship is by far the most important thing and what we’re proud of the most. Please follow us at @thesjmovement and if you would like to contribute to our scholarship reach out to us.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
The world is better when people help people.

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Brenton Webb, Kelsey Mullane, Jacob Clolinger, Amanda Clolinger, Nadia Ismail, Lainie Keper, Sierra Prince, Alexis Meyer, and Philip Ahne

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