2019 North Star Award - Maurice Mitchell
Maurice has been working within communities that are ready to rise up and fight for justice for more than twenty years.
While attending Howard University, the killing of a classmate led Maurice into a formative experience as a student organizer against police violence. After college, he worked at the Long Island Progressive Coalition where he organized multiracial coalitions and learned to build power in a broad range of communities.
He went on to become Organizing Director for Citizen Action of NY, and then ran the NY State Civic Engagement Table, a coalition of community and civic engagement groups working on issue and electoral campaigns to build progressive power whose reach across New York state ran to the hundreds of thousands.
He was a co-founding consultant and strategist at Blackbird, where he supported activists and organizations across the country via the network sustained by the Movement for Black Lives.
Earlier this year, Maurice became the National Director of the Working Families Party, where he will be part of engaging the emerging electorate in the changing landscape.
We’re recognizing Maurice for authentic leadership that has supported the development of hundreds of other grassroots leaders and grassroots organizations.