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About this event

On Thursday, August 27 we will explore the role of activist athletes and the struggle for social and racial justice. From Paul Robeson to Althea Gibson, from Muhammad Ali to Maya Moore, from Colin Kaepernick to Megan Rapinoe, athletes have cast their lot with oppressed peoples and have spoken out for justice. Today, athletes are still organizing and speaking out for Black lives, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, democratic rights, Native sovereignty, and immigrant rights. This is a panel of athletes who have stepped up and knelt down.

This event is being organized by the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley in collaboration with Athletes for Impact, Elect Justice, and Vote.org.


headshots of the 9 aug 27 rise up speakers

Action Toolkits and other Resources

Othering & Belonging Institute

ACLU Know Your Rights Toolkits

Black Lives Matter Toolkits

Poor Peoples’ Campaign

Campaign Zero / 8 Can’t Wait

Funders for Justice

Black Youth Project (BYP) 100

Critical Resistance

National Lawyers’ Guild

Color of Change

Workers Center for Racial Justice





Athletes for Impact, Vote.org, Elect Justice

Africans Rising, APALA NV, California Calls, Center for Knowledge Equity, Community Action Partnership, Family Action Network Movement, GARE, Greater Good Science Center, Health Impact Partners, I'm Making a Difference, International SEIU, Jewish Voice for Peace, Make it Work NV, Make the Road NV, More in Common, MOSES MI, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, New Florida Majority, Policylink, Community Change Action, Race Forward, SEIU NV, Texas Organizing Project, University of California at Berkeley, Visíon y Compromiso, Wayne State University (Detroit Equity Lab) and the Workers Center for Racial Justice.

About the Rise Up for Justice series

A Black-led movement demanding police accountability and justice has galvanized anger, grief, and frustration over the repeated killings of Black men and women both historically and in the present day—but also hope for a future rooted in true belonging. People worldwide are participating in a pivotal uprising that will reshape not only our relationship with Black communities, but also our collective future. This livestream series, “Rise Up For Justice: Black Lives and Our Collective Future,” from the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, is providing space for cutting edge conversations among activists, scholars, journalists, and other thought leaders to provide context and analysis on this transformative moment and envision what comes next in the movement for racial justice. Launched in June 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd. We held our first event on June 8.