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From Privilege to Progress, Cofounders Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene

Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene cofounded From Privilege to Progress (P2P)—a national movement to desegregate the public conversation about race—after their viral video of two black men being unjustly arrested at a Starbucks captured international attention. Their work at P2P has been featured on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk, Radio Times, NPR's Code Switch, Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, MSNBC's AM Joy, and in numerous television, print, and online outlets. Melissa and Michelle continue the conversation they started that day through social media campaigns and speaking engagements that create awareness and inspire action.

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Upcoming Program

Belonging & Unity
Show Up Summit
October 2 - 4, 2020
Crucial to our shared humanity and the future of society, a long overdue public conversation has finally entered the mainstream. Join Michelle Saahene and Melissa DePino, cofounders of From Privilege to Progress, and a host of celebrated racial justice advocates and influencers in a deep and honest conversation about creating the future we all need—one of equity, inclusion, and justice. Discover and activate the power within you for positive personal transformation and broad societal evolution.

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