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Senior Editorial Director
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Kenrya Rankin is senior editorial director at Colorlines. She is an award-winning author, journalist and editorial consultant whose insight has been tapped by leading outlets, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post and ThinkProgress. She creates dynamic content that amplifies the lived experiences, advocacy and work of people of color and shifts the narrative around who deserves liberation, justice and dignity in America. A 20-year veteran in the editorial space, she is also Principal at Perfectly Said Studio and Co-host of The Turn On podcast and the author of four books; the latest is “How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance.” As a journalist and editor, her work has appeared in dozens of national publications, including Reader’s Digest, Ebony, Fast Company and Redbook, and has been translated into 21 languages. Kenrya earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Howard University, and her master’s degree in publishing from New York University. When she’s not working, she enjoys baking and having Beyoncé dance parties with her brilliant daughter.

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There Is No Justice Here

After learning there would be no indictments in the death of Breonna Taylor, anti-racism expert and author Kenrya Rankin breaks down why we can’t count on a violent system to deliver transformative justice.