From police brutality and racial profiling to wrongful and mass incarceration, The Next Gen Come Up has organized and contributed to countless initiatives advocating for racial justice (both in the United States and overseas). We have also organized art showcases amplifying black creatives, created social media campaigns celebrating black Gen-Z changemakers, and hosted cultural celebrations in order to create safe spaces for black community members in the Northern New Jersey suburbs.
03 December 2022
In partnership with Free My People, TNGCU organized a march and rally in Gulfport, Mississippi demanding justice for Jaheim McMillan -- a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head 8 times by a police officer after putting his hands up.
Arrest Carolyn Bryant.
28 August 2022
As a part of The Youth Never Let Up Coalition, The Next Gen Come Up partnered with The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation to organize a demonstration advocating for the proper arrest of Carolyn Bryant Donham -- the last living accomplice to Emmett Till's lynching.
ON BROAD STREET
06 November 2021
After the murder of 8-year-old Fanta Bility, The Next Gen Come Up mobilized with students of Rutgers University Newark to raise awareness for systemic racism and advocate for black and brown families that have lost loved ones to police brutality.
24 October 2020
A virtual piece of the revolution. Through engaging speakers, music, spoken word poetry, and open discussions, The Next Gen Come Up honored the life of Breonna Taylor, rose awareness for the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement, and demanded that justice be served for victims of police brutality.
Annually From June 2020 to Present
Following the death of George Floyd during the summer of 2020, and the global outcry that followed, Anya Dillard – our founder, took part in organizing the first-ever public Juneteenth Celebration in West Orange, NJ, in partnership with the West Orange Youth Caucus.
for Black Lives
06 June 2020
6 days after George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police officer – Derek Chauvin, a group of young leaders including Anya Dillard, Truman Segal, Joe Nalieth, and Jordan Scott-Young pulled together to help organize a Black Lives Matter protest in West Orange, NJ. It ended up being the largest civil rights demonstration in West orange history.