The Equity Alliance Fund, the affiliate 501(c)4 advocacy organization of The Equity Alliance, encourages Black voters to support policies and candidates who will invest in overlooked and underserved communities of color.
From Nashville to Washington, D.C., Tennessee needs leaders who will advocate for Black Americans and other communities of color to have a fair and just opportunity at realizing the American dream.
This year, we are proud to announce our 2022 Tennessee candidate endorsements.
These progressive leaders have a clear vision for a better future for Tennesseans. Under their leadership, constituents will have a chance to earn a good living, send their kids to well-resourced schools and get access to quality healthcare that they need to be well and stay well. These candidates are champions for Black and Latin X lives and will stand up to greed-fueled special interests and defend us against radical laws that seek to control our communities, suppress our votes, and perpetuate decades of racial injustice.
Charlane Oliver is an unapologetic civil rights champion, successful results-driven community organizer and a proven advocate for all Tennesseans. Charlane has built community trust with over 20 years of trusted engagement and leadership. Charlane’s compassion is deeply rooted in valuing the needs of all people especially those often overlooked
Dr. Berthena Nabaa-McKinney is a nominee for reelection for MNPS School Board in District 4 which consists of Donelson, Hermitage and the Old Hickory communities. She was previously elected by the Metro Council with a majority vote and was sworn in August 2020.
Justin Jones is an activist, graduate student and community organizer in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Fisk University with a B.A in Political Science and is completing a Master in Theology from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Running with a platform of protecting our democracy, ensuring high quality public education, fighting for environmental justice and immigration rights and providing healthcare for all people in our state.
The Honorable Tarik Sugarmon is the Municipal Court Judge Division II, for the city of Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently serving his fourth term on the Memphis Municipal Court.
Steve started his career with the Department of Justice as a civil right lawyer and a federal prosecutor in the 90’s. He has previously served as county commissioner, a defense attorney and a professor of criminal law for over 20 years. He’s used his experience to fight for and make a fairer and smarter justice system for the people of Shelby County.
Senator London Lamar dedicated her life and career to uplifting the lived experiences of families and communities. She currently represents the 33rd senate district as the youngest female and African American legislator in the Tennessee State Senate. She is the conscious of the legislature. As the conscious of the legislature, Senator Lamar is an innovative and socially conscious legislator. She fights for our families and futures by boldy advocating for strong schools, healthy families, and safe neighborhoods.
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