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Brittany Packnett '02

January 26, 2015

Brittany Packnett '02 was featured in the 1.21.15 St. Louis Post-Dispatch and in the 1.26.15 TIME magazine.

STLPD:  "President Barack Obama used Ferguson as a rhetorical destination for healing in his State of the Union speech, part of his closing plea in a speech that was heavily centered on economics. In an address in which he declared 'the shadow of the crisis has passed' — a bold and controversial reference to the economic recovery — Obama more carefully tried to strike a balance between the deep divides between police and community in Ferguson, and what events there have come to represent to the country. ...
[I]n briefings hours before he gave the address, White House officials touted Obama’s creation of a Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which has been meeting since earlier this month, and which is to report recommendations on how to improve police and community relations by March 2. The 11-member task force includes St. Louis education and civil rights activist Brittany Packnett."

TIME:  "The New Faces of Black Leadership. From the startups of Silicon Valley to the streets of Ferguson, a new generation of black Americans is making a difference. Here are 12 to watch. ... Brittany Packnett. Every revolution needs leaders — even those determined to remain leaderless. Packnett, a 30-year-old St. Louis native, has been on the front lines in Ferguson, Mo., since the beginning, emerging as a vital link between the protesters and politicians in the effort to translate tragedy into change. A member of the commission studying the forces that led to the shooting, she was [also] appointed by the White House to serve on a national task force for police reform. 'This is not a fly-by-night movement,' the Teach for America executive says. 'It isn't going to go away.'"