A fragmented and chaotic year like 2020 makes identifying one prevailing thread exceedingly tricky. The global pandemic brought on by COVID-19 was the operating system running in the background of our lives. The social uprising in response to the extrajudicial murder of Black people at the hands of law enforcement and the election cycle were dominant themes. The tragic death of George Floyd personified the struggle for justice. Mr. Floyd became a rallying cry and a focal point for Black Lives Matter activists. BLM, as a grassroots movement, borrows deeply from the Civil Rights traditions of protest. The activism of the movement reverberated well beyond the streets and into corporate boardrooms. Corporate leadership found themselves coming face to face with entrenched systems of inequality within their organizations.
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