I think we can all agree that 2015 has been a crazy year for the black community. Yet through it all, we’ve stayed strong, resilient and steadfast (like always) in wanting better for our people.

Still, to say it’s been anything other than difficult would be a mischaracterization.

From frustratingly agonizing incidents of police brutality; to insensitive remarks from individuals on the highest court in this country (@Scalia @Scalia @Scalia); to battling systemic oppression at our nation’s leading institutions (shoutout to the incredible #‎ReclaimHarvard allies), 2015 has been a heck of a ride.

As the year closes, our work is more important than ever. In the interest of cultivating cultural consciousness during this winter break, the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy urges you to stay #‎WokeInTheWinter: a six-week long digital series of short commentaries from ANYONE who wishes to voice themselves in a culturally colloquial way.

We want the real. We want the sincere. We want the unabashed honesty that leads way to the genius so heavily undermined in our communities.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the official e-mail of the journal (harvardjaap@gmail.com) or me personally at (afrancis@jd17.law.harvard.edu). You can also take it down to the DMs (or Facebook message) if you see fit. And, even if you just want to support, post a status/message/anything with the hashtag and share this post!

Happy Holidays, and remember, stay #WokeInTheWinter.

Aaron Francis,

HJAAP, Senior Editor


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