Brittany Packnett

Activist. Educator. Thinker. Writer. Speaker. Change Agent.



Amanpour & Company

Activist Brittany Packnett

The fight for truth accountability and justice is fuel for our next guests' fire. President Obama described Brittany Packnett as a voice to make a difference for years to come....

UU World Magazine

Watch Brittany Packnett's Ware Lecture to the UUA General Assembly

'The more you benefit from supremacy the more responsible you have to be to dismantle it,' Brittany Packnett tells Unitarian Universalists gathered in Kansas City.

Blindfold Zine

Leading with Love & Power: Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett is a leader in social justice and empowerment. Her work with Campaign Zero, Teach for America and Pod Save the People has influenced thousands of individuals...


Refinery29 Celebrates 20 Black Women You Need To Know Right Now

With Black Is The New Black, R29's Black writers spotlight 20 women who are inspiring us right now - Black women who are kicking down the doors of their fields and leaving them...


The Effect of Intersectionality in the Workplace

The concept of intersectionality - referring to the complex and cumulative way different forms of discrimination like racism, sexism and classism overlap and affect people -...


You Owe Me an Apology

Serena Williams is the GOAT by all athletic standards. LeBron James has proclaimed it. Colin Kaepernick declared it. I'm very sure her daughter Olympia believes it. There is no...

Black Enterprise

The NationSwell Summit Focuses on Solutions

Dynamic, inspiring speakers like Brittany Packnett of Teach for America and John King of the Education Trust; as well as Anu Partanen (author of The Nordic Theory of...


Brittany Packnett: We need to talk about the role of white privilege in the gun control debate

In the wake of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the young survivors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have asked their fellow Americas to reckon with the...

Teen Vogue

6 Feminists Take On Call-Out Culture

Thigh-High Politics is an op-ed column by Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca that breaks down the news, provides resources for the resistance, and just generally refuses to accept...


What most Americans get wrong about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy

You probably know civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. from his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech - but if that's all you know of him, you aren't getting the full story....

PBS NewsHour

A former policeman was found guilty of killing a black teen. Why is conviction so rare?

A Texas jury this week convicted former officer Roy Oliver for murdering 15-year-old Jordan Edwards and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. That outcome was very different from...

The Cut

Stacey Abrams's Win Is Just the Beginning

When Stacey Abrams made history last night, she took me to church. As she stood at her victory party in Atlanta, Georgia, she invoked the words of Queen Esther, a Biblical...


At the Women's Convention, reckoning with the white female voters who helped sweep Trump into office

DETROIT - As the sun shined on Detroit on Saturday, the halls and conference rooms of the city's Cobo Center convention hall were packed with a diverse array of women. Many had...


For Years I Said Yes to Everything. Saying 'No' Finally Got Me Ahead at Work.

Like many little girls, I was taught to be helpful. Boys will be boys. But girls? Girls will be nice. Girls will be gracious. Oh, and can we help you with anything else? I...

The Cut

Black Women Kept Roy Moore Out of Office. Here's How to Actually Thank Them.

Late on Tuesday night, America was once again reminded of the power of Black women. Thanks in large part to overwhelmingly high turnout among Black voters and Black women in...


Brittany Packnett: "Separating families of color is as American as apple pie."

In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration for undocumented adults who cross the border. And since the...

The Cut

Michelle Obama's Portrait Is for All of Us Black Girls

I am not an expert on art. I cannot distinguish a painting by its artistic era, nor can I expound on the significance of a brush stroke or dramatic use of light. I know the...


Brittany Packnett on NFL: If you can't handle peaceful protest, then what can you handle?

Activist and educator Brittany Packnett has a simple question for the NFL: If peaceful protest doesn't work, then what does? "If you can't handle peaceful protest or silent...


The 15 #MeToo Twitter accounts you need to follow

The odious figure of Harvey Weinstein will always be central to the #MeToo movement. It's the expansive accusations levied against him that broke the floodgates. But, as the...


Brittany Packnett: This is how we talk about the black victims of gun violence in America

Every time there's a national conversation about gun violence in America, we hear the same racist dog whistles: What about black-on-black crime? What about what's happening in...