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#MoreThanEnough with Elaine Welteroth

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California African American Museum

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Los Angeles, CA 90037

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Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media, fashion, and storytelling. She was the youngest person ever appointed editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and in 2012 had been the first African American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director at a Condé Nast publication. To celebrate the release of her timely memoir, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say), Welteroth discusses her personal experiences as a barrier breaker and advocates for next-gen trailblazers to know they are #morethanenough. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Eso Won Books.

Presented in partnership with PEN America.

What Now? After the Hashtag
2019 marks the sixth anniversary of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, coined following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. Over the past six years, #BlackLivesMatter has been Tweeted nearly 30 million times, an average of 17,002 times per day. Activism around #BlackLivesMatter and other hashtags, such as #ImwithKap, #MeToo, and #TimesUp, continues to grow, and social media provides a space for people from all walks of life—from politicians and celebrities to farmers and small business owners—to speak up, be heard, and connect with one another in support of the push for change. However, while social media engages us in tough conversations and raises awareness about everything from gender rights to police brutality, the lasting impact of a hashtag is debatable. Has legislation been enacted, policies changed, or reforms made in response to hashtag initiatives? What, if any, societal shifts have we seen? Has there been backlash? Join us for lively discussions about the effectiveness and viability of using social media for political engagement and social activism.

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