The Village serves as a thoughtful and analytically based opinion page that delivers fact-based examination of current events while injecting a nuanced historical perspective that reminds readers that Black history in America is both recent and timely. The blog will seek to provide readers a perspective of Black politics and academia that is free from biased Beltway philosophy that is backed up by data and decades of experience in polling, organizing, advocacy, and campaign politics.


Today, we celebrate freedom. The freedom that missed Black Americans on that first July 4th when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The freedom withheld from those who were cruelly made to endure enslavement for two additional years in Galveston, Texas following the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The freedom of full citizenship that eludedus through Jim Crow.

Juneteenth is a symbol of freedom that spans generations and is a constant reminder of the ever present need for each generation to be diligent in our stewardship of the democracy we have built and the responsibility we have to protect and expand our rights and freedoms.

As we celebrate Juneteenth, we are proud to announce the debut of our new blog, The Village. Juneteenth reminds us that justice delayed is justice denied and that sustaining democracy requires an informed citizenry dedicated to the cause of freedom and justice.

The Village will be a virtual reflection of how our communities have, for generations, used our own villages — barbershops, churches, cookouts, The Yard — to have spirited discussions on culture, politics, policy, and power.

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The Village will serve as a thoughtful, analytically-based opinion page that delivers a fact-based examination of current events while highlighting the leading Black voices in politics, entertainment, and academics. Through blog posts, together, we will explore the various issues, debates, and challenges facing our communities and nation at this historic time.

On this Juneteenth, we welcome you to The Village and hope that you will participate in the conversation to make sense of what’s happening in the world around us and collectively determine what we each can do to protect and expand democracy, justice, and opportunity in America.


Adrianne Shropshire, Executive Director

Our Purpose

The mission of Democracy, Justice, and Opportunity will be achieved through a regular series blog posts covering various topics such as Black history, America’s education and judicial systems, protecting and expanding democracy in America, and Black culture and community.

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