So important, so inspiring!
171 years ago the north star was created by abolitionists to guide this nation toward freedom. today i am joining the team too.
link in bio! i told you yesterday i was making an announcement today! no, i’m not running for office! and no, we are not having another baby! 😂
what i’m about to do, and what i hope you will do with me, is a dream come true though.
in 1847, with slavery still in full force, 2 brave men, frederick douglass and martin delany (both pictured above in a graphic designed by @nikkolas_smith
), started an abolitionist newspaper called the north star — named for the star, polaris, that was often used as a guide for those seeking freedom in the north.
douglass and delany knew then, as we know now, that in order to fight back against injustice, their stories had to not only be well told — with the color & dimension & nuance that was frequently missing elsewhere, they knew they needed a newspaper that represented the cause of liberation with urgency, clarity, heart, & soul.
we need that right now. this past week proved that to me. and we’re going to build it together.
171 years after it first launched, with the blessing & permission of the family of frederick douglass, i am relaunching the north star alongside my friend & brother, ben dixon. i’ve been saying all year that i was going to start a new media platform. this is it!
for the next 15 days, at buildingthenorthstar.com — we are building our launch team & hope to have at least 100,000 of you join us from all over the world. we won’t be able to do it without you! again, this team will only last for the next 15 days.
while the north star was originally a print newspaper, we will be launching a news app, a full news website, a collection of podcasts, & an online nightly news broadcast. we’re not just here to change the news — we aim to change the world.
today, i have 3 requests for you.
1. please join our launch team @ buildingthenorthstar.com.
2. i want you to find just 2 friends to join you on our team.
3. after you join our launch team, could you please post on social media something like the following statemen