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Clockwise from top left: Chas Moore, Karen Kossie-Chernyshev, Naomi Green, Faith Anderson, Ashton P. Woods, Milton Harris, Ryan Douglas, and X.

More Black Americans live in Texas than any other state. Two years after George Floyd’s murder, many reconsider their future here.

In interviews, Black Texans expressed frustration over uneven progress, restrictions on teaching about racism in public schools and limitations on their political representation and voting access.

Chas Moore at the Austin Justice Coalition office on Thursday, July 21st, 2022.
Dr. Karen Kossie-Chernyshev poses in front of mural celebrating Black leaders in Fifth Ward, a historic neighborhood in Houston, TX, on Sunday, July 31, 2022. Dr. Kossie-Chernyshev is from Fifth Ward where he father was a pastor at Latter Day Deliverance Revival Church and is now a history professor at Texas Southern University in Houston.
Faith Anderson does yoga in Rosewood park, where they remember spending time with their family members playing and swimming as a child on Thursday, July 21, 2022.

Perseverance and pain

Designer and stylist Kevin Black (he/him), far-left, X (they/them), center, co-founder of House of Rebirth, watch Jaylind Stoker, 18, (he/she) as she shows off her outfit in a dressing room during a back to school event hosted by The Marsha P. Johnson Institute for LGBTQ+ youth inside an H&M store at the Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas. House of Rebirth is a non-profit created to support Black Trans women.
X (they/them), co-founder of House of Rebirth, shown during volunteering time at a back to school event hosted by The Marsha P. Johnson Institute for LGBTQ+ youth inside an H&M store at the Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas. House of Rebirth is a non-profit created to support Black Trans women.
Elias Stoker, 18, (they/them), shows off their outfit after changing in a dressing room during a back to school event hosted by The Marsha P. Johnson Institute for LGBTQ+ youth inside an H&M store at the Allen Premium Outlets in Allen, Texas. House of Rebirth is a non-profit created to support Black Trans women.

A budding leader

Naomi Green, a member of the Board of Directors for Texas Pride Impact Funds, poses for a portrait in her home in Garland, TX on July 29, 2022.

Targeted on two fronts

Ryan Douglas outside of Google Corporate Offices in Austin, TX on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022.

“Everything you were put on this Earth to be”

Ashton P. Woods at Sunnyside Park in Houston, TX, on Friday, July 29, 2022. Woods is the co-founder and lead organizer of Black Lives Matter Houston. Woods has run for office in Houston and often used Sunnyside Park as a headquarters for his campaigns.
Dr. Milton Harris, executive director of 100 Black Men of San Antonio, stands for a portrait. July 22, 2022, San Antonio, TX
Dr. Milton Harris interacts with students at the YouthBuild - 100 Black Men of San Antonio Training Center. July 22, 2022, San Antonio, TX

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