Detroit Activist Yusef Shakur and the Renisha McBride Case

I never heard of Detroit activist and author Yusef Shakur until this weekend. But I wanted to share the above video, just for inspiration.

Shakur’s work is part of the reason Renisha McBride’s killer was charged with murder this weekend. Earlier this month, McBride, 19, was seeking help after a car accident in Dearborn Heights when she knocked on the door of 54-year-old Theodore Wafer, a white man. He shot her in the face.

It took 13 days and the work of folks like Shakur and Detroit filmmaker dream hampton — who organized a rally in Dearborn Heights demanding an arrest — before police brought charges against Wafer. The case had inspired comparisons to the Trayvon Martin shooting and was being watched by civil rights groups around the country.

-A.S.

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