Counter Stories: How to keep the movement moving

The Counter Stories team talks about the pressing need for courage, curiosity and compassion

American Protests Atlanta
A crowd of demonstrators march to the Capitol Monday in Atlanta. The Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back after the fleeing man pointed a stun gun in his direction was charged on Wednesday.
Steve Schaefer | Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP file

In the weeks since George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis officer, protests have erupted around the world, but black people continue to die at the hands of police.

We're at a pivotal moment regarding race in America. Will we see meaningful change in the days to come, or will we slip back into old patterns?

In this episode of Counter Stories, our conversation starts on the streets with stories of police violence and ends up in the board rooms of corporations who have yet to fully commit themselves to true diversity. We talk about the pressing need for empathy and imagination, as well as the "three C's" — courage, curiosity and compassion.

The Counter Stories team is joined by guest Acooa Lee Ellis, Senior Vice President of Community Impact at Greater Twin Cities United Way.

Counter Stories is hosted by:

Your support matters.

You make MPR News possible. Individual donations are behind the clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives. Help ensure MPR remains a resource that brings Minnesotans together.