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Purpose

BLD PWR engages culture, education and activism to build and train an inclusive community of entertainers and athletes to advance radical social change. Partnering with grassroots causes and organizations, the purpose of BLD PWR is to increase action and civic engagement with a primary focus on uplifting and protecting the most vulnerable by undoing systemic oppression and combating state violence at the intersection of gender, immigration, economic, educational, environmental and racial justice movements. BLD PWR aims to build an equitable society. BLD PWR is a non-partisan, grassroots liberation initiative of Accelerate Impact, a fiscally sponsored project of the Social Impact Fund, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.

Founder - Kendrick Sampson

Kendrick Sampson :  Photo by Solmaz Saberi

Kendrick Sampson : Photo by Solmaz Saberi

Kendrick Sampson is an actor, activist and advocate for justice. Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, Kendrick gravitated to the arts and sought to bring to life nuanced portrayals of black men in his projects. He is most known for the Vampire Diaries (CW), Gracepoint (FOX), How to Get Away with Murder (ABC),  White Famous (Showtime), Supernatural (CW), The Flash (CW) and most recently his portrayal as Nathan in HBO’s critically acclaimed Insecure.

Despite controversy and potential repercussions, Kendrick’s activism challenges by example to boldly use our voices to uplift the most vulnerable among us. With a primary focus on intersectional racial justice and undoing systemic oppression in the criminal legal system, Kendrick created the BLD PWR initiative as a call to action and invitation to others to join him in taking a stand for social justice.

Accelerate Impact - Managing Partner

Accelerate Impact is a fiscally sponsored project of the Social Impact Fund, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Founded in 2014, Accelerate Impact has engaged many of the nation’s most prominent entertainers and athletes and housed grassroots-driven campaigns that have increased issue-specific education and policy campaign participation.

Team

Mike de la Rocha - Lead Strategist and Advisor
Tia Oso - Lead Strategist and Advisor
Dr. Charles H.F. Davis III - Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Partners