FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Monnikue McCall
Warren Center for Studies in American History
Activist LaTosha Brown, leader of Black Voters Matter, joins the
Warren Center, Harvard’s research center for North American history,
as the 2020-21 American Democracy Fellow
Cambridge, Mass. (July 14, 2020) – Political organizer and social justice advocate LaTosha Brown, leader of the Black Voters Matter Fund and other organizations promoting democratic engagement, will be the 2020-21 American Democracy Fellow at Harvard’s Warren Center for Studies in American History. The Warren Center is pleased to connect with Brown’s work, most recently featured on and in outlets including ABC, MSNBC, the New York Times, USA Today, Essence, and ozy.com. Brown will continue connecting with Harvard faculty and students, building on the work she did during 2019-20 at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Warren Center Director and Professor of History Tiya Miles, states, “The Warren Center is honored to welcome LaTosha Brown as our new American Democracy Fellow. The faculty committee that selected Ms. Brown could not imagine a more fitting candidate for this urgent and consequential moment when our nation is facing a presidential election unlike any other and our campus community is in need of thoughtful analysis rooted in experience. Ms. Brown will bring invaluable insight from her leadership role in African American voter organizing to help us understand the dynamics surrounding the 2020 electoral season and to process the results in the context of Black history, Black futures, and American politics. We are fortunate to have her join us for virtual exchange and public events in the coming year.”
LaTosha Brown adds, “In this political moment when I believe the basic tenets of democracy are under attack through voter suppression and the weakening of voting rights, I am happy to have been selected as this year's American Democracy Fellow. I am honored by the Warren Center's acknowledgement of my work to advance democracy and voting rights and am looking forward to contributing to the Harvard community and the Warren Center.”
The American Democracy Project’s purpose is to imagine and build connections between scholars and activists, bringing scholarly insights to important contemporary issues, and drawing the attention of scholars to critical issues of the moment. Past fellows of this Warren Center program have included, among others, Max Kenner, founder and leader of the Bard Prison Initiative, award-winning journalist Ann Jones, and activist/musician Tef Poe.