Kyra Josephson (Duke University ‘18)

Kyra Josephson grew up in Thousand Oaks, California and graduated from Duke University in 2018. While at Duke, Kyra studied History and Markets and Management Studies, focusing on the relationship between media, technology, and race. She also worked at the Duke Human Rights Center from 2015-2018. Kyra is currently pursuing her J.D. at the George Washington University School of Law.

Social media has played a vital role in exposing issues of systemic racism and police brutality on a global scale while also creating a space to coordinate and mobilize efforts to demand justice in the face of these issues. But when the Instagram stories expire and mainstream media finds a new headline, how many people will continue the work to educate themselves and call for change? In response to this question, I co-founded Let’s Not Forget – an organization dedicated to helping people stay informed and active in the fight against racial injustice.

Let’s Not Forget aims to keep people across the globe informed on issues related to systemic racism in America by sending one email, once a month with summaries of the top news related to racial equity and actions to take to support related causes. In addition, we are dedicated to sharing stories that amplify the power and beauty in Black communities beyond the pain and injustice highlighted in mainstream news.

My dedication to shaping Let’s Not Forget into a platform for education, activism, and Black voices stems from my experiences at Duke. Attending college in the American South quickly exposed me to a side of America that my hometown had not. After a noose was hung on campus during my first semester, I became committed to learning more about systemic racism’s deep roots in our country’s history. While my professors and classes were remarkable resources for taking an academic approach to this issue, my conversations with peers were invaluable. I hope to continue harnessing the power of social media and the internet to spark important conversations between people of diverse backgrounds and experiences and ensure that the conversations do not stop even when the headlines do.

Over the past four months Let’s Not Forget has featured stories from several Duke alumni. Lesley Chen-Young (‘18) shared her podcast Seeds – a financial podcast built out of her realization that today’s personal finance resources weren’t built for Black women like her. Amir Williams (‘18) captured her community’s lament in response to the police killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Riah Milton, and countless others through her multimedia project, with stringed instruments. Cameron King (‘20) encouraged readers to download #BlackOwned, an app he created to ensure businesses highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement do not get lost in social media. Chelsea Scott (‘18) reflected on her experience founding her book club, Read Between the Wine, as a space for Black women between 20-30 years old to connect through an intellectually stimulating, untraditional social community. To read more stories like these and access over 150 resources, sign up for the Let’s Not Forget newsletter. Black people across the world are confronted with instances of racism, prejudice, and inequality so much so that they cannot forget. This platform is for those who have the privilege of learning about, rather than experiencing, racism to continue the fight for racial equity.