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WHAT'S NEW?
LIFTxVoices Program
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Watch the video above to learn more about Darren Nichols, a Detroit Free Press Columnist and the first Black Midwest Trusted Messenger featured from our LIFTxVoices Program. Then, sneak behind the scenes with PopUp Docs to see more what it's like to with local high school students on this data visualization project. 

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The LIFT Project is an engaged research effort aimed at identifying networks of trusted messengers in Black communities in the Black Midwestern communities to: 1) understand their effects on civic and democratic life; 2) create, network and allocate resources needed to better inform Black communities;  and 3) build new opportunities for sustainable reparative narrative change.

 

The project began in 2022 in Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota, and was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Combatting Disinformation in Communities of Color Fund. Key data findings from our work in Minneapolis and St. Paul were presented during the LIFT Symposium and summaries of data findings are available here. This project informs a broader initiative and effort to support resilience and reparative narrative change in media and for Black communities.  

We are currently seeking partners and funding support to continue the work in Michigan and beyond. We're interested in working with and supporting researchers, students, journalists, faith leaders, and activists in Midwest and around the United States to create a comprehensive and community-directed effort. Check out our current team members and, please consider sharing our work with others. 

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