BlackOut for Human Rights kicks off 4th annual #BlackOutBlackFriday nationwide boycott of major retail chains

Collective will host a series of special arts and cultural events in New York City and Oakland to coincide with on and offline calls-to-action

by Janet Dickerson

Nov. 22, 2017 – On Friday, Nov. 24, the biggest retail shopping day of the year, also known as “Black Friday,” BlackOut for Human Rights will kick off its fourth annual #BlackOutBlackFriday campaign, urging people nationwide to take part in an economic boycott of major retailers and any corporations that violate human rights standards and/or profit off the pain and suffering of others.

‘BlackOut-for-Human-Rights’-Ferguson-setting-300x300, BlackOut for Human Rights kicks off 4th annual #BlackOutBlackFriday nationwide boycott of major retail chains, News & Views Launched in 2014, #BlackOutBlackFriday is a call-to-action encouraging individuals to refrain from shopping to protest social and economic injustice in the U.S. and instead engage in cultural activism. As an alternative, BlackOut for Human Rights – a collective founded by filmmaker Ryan Coogler with members including Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, Michael B. Jordan, Charles King and others – has organized FREE events in New York City and Oakland, California, to celebrate arts and culture and to build solidarity against extreme capitalism and human right atrocities happening across the country.

This year’s #BlackOutBlackFriday events include special screenings of the acclaimed documentary, “WHOSE STREETS,” which takes an unflinching look at the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, after the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Following the New York screening, there will be a conversation with activist, journalist and BlackOut for Human Rights member Rosa Clemente and the film’s co-director Sabaah Folayan, as well as a special musical performance by composer-pianist and BlackOut for Human Rights member Samora Pinderhughes.

Partners for this year’s #BlackOutBlackFriday include the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, ARRAY, PICO National Network and Color of Change.

Details on the FREE #BlackOutBlackFriday events are below:

#BlackOutBlackFriday New York City event

  • WHEN: Friday, Nov. 24, at 5:00 p.m. EST – tickets available at 4:00 p.m. EST; doors open at 4:30 p.m. EST
  • WHERE: Film Society Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center Theater, 144 W. 65th St., New York, N.Y.
  • WHAT: Special screening of Ferguson documentary “Whose Streets,” featured panel discussion and musical performance
  • RSVP:

#BlackOutBlackFriday Oakland event

About BlackOut for Human Rights

BlackOut for Human Rights is a collective of filmmakers, artists, activists and concerned citizens devoting their resources to address the staggering number of human rights violations in the United States. The collective was founded by filmmaker Ryan Coogler and comprises both high visibility and everyday citizens.

Members include Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, Michael B. Jordan, Charles King, John Burris, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scott Budnick, David Oyelowo, Pastor Michael McBride and many others.

BlackOut has hosted national protest actions, donation drives and special events including the 2016 and 2017 #MLKNOW events celebrating MLK Day at Riverside Church in Harlem, which drew over 2,200 attendees and nearly half a million views online; and February 2016’s #JusticeForFlint event that raised more than $160,000 towards recovery efforts in Flint, Michigan. For more information, visit and follow @UnitedBlackOut on social media.

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