Angela Davis smiles for a photo in 2012.

As the Black Lives Matter movement coalesces on social media and around the globe—ESSENCE invited activists, authors, thought leaders and cultural figures to reflect on the meaning of this moment, and what we must do next. 

Angela Davis
Jan, 05, 2015

We are in a time of transformation. There is such potential for change. All over this country from Ferguson to New York City to Washington—indeed, in other parts of the world—people are absolutely refusing to assent to racist state violence. 

Where Do We Go From Here?: Essay by Melissa Harris-Perry

Rather, we are saying that Black bodies do matter. And our work must be to continue taking to the streets and standing together against the routine actions of police and the DAs who collude with them; and continue saying, “No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police,” until there is real change on the agenda for us.

This contribution, along with others exploring the new civil rights movement, appears in ESSENCE's special #BlackLivesMatter issue. This historic collector's edition is available on stands January 9.

FOR MORE FROM OUR BLACK LIVES MATTER ISSUE:

The Editor's Letter: The Path Forward
Where Do We Go From Here?: Essay by Melissa Harris-Perry
Where Do We Go From Here?: Essay by Patrisse Cullors
Where Do We Go From Here?: Essay by Isabel Wilkerson
Where Do We Go From Here?: Essay by Chirlane McCray