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Here are 10 Black voices in #dctech that need to be amplified right now

Follow them on Twitter; boost their perspective.

Like the viral tweet teaches: “racism isn’t a touchy topic when you aren’t a fucking racist.”

Still, in the immediate aftermath of large-scale civil unrest sparked by police violence and systemic racism, it’s easy to get stuck on what to do next. Donate money; make sure to vote; learn and spread ideas of anti-racism and amplify critical voices.

No surprise there is no shortage of such voices to follow in the DMV and broadly in tech. This month was already Racial Equity in Tech Month in’s editorial calendar. As if that wasn’t reason enough, this weekend and this moment further reminds how important it is to support perspective and messages from Black people.

In that spirit, below, find a very simple, very small step: a list of 10 Black voices in technology or otherwise active on Twitter whose voices you should amplify. Some of them we’ve reported on for years, and others we’ve admired from afar. All are voices worth following if you don’t already.

Erica C, technical leader at Cisco

Alexis Ewing-Moody, senior software engineer

Jessica Dembe, front-end engineer at Axios

Michael Ejigu, data and growth at Axios

Michelai Graham, DC market editor

Anita Hall, full-stack developer

Zuri Hunter, technical lead for Black Girls Code DC

Taylor Poindexter, back-end engineer and Black Code Collective cofounder

Marquet Reid, front-end engineer at Element84

Hilliary Turnipseed, talent and workplace strategist, and director of Women Who Code

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