Vangela M. Wade, President and CEO of MCJ, Selected as Black Voices for Black Justice Fund Awardee

For Immediate Release

May 21, 2021

Contact: Patrick Taylor,


The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund announced its third round of awardees, including Black leaders in Mississippi, Chicago, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, DC.


Wade, who was notified of her award by Fund co-chair Stacey Abrams, is among the latest cohort of 19 awardees to join the 50 initial awardees selected during earlier rounds of giving. All awardees are being recognized for their leadership in changing systems of oppression, violence and inequality.


Wade will receive $50,000 to use in whatever way she believes will do the most good in building an anti-racist America. Wade is donating her full award to the Mississippi Center for Justice.


“Our latest awardees are committed leaders on the frontlines of shaping the movement to build a fair, equitable and anti-racist America,” said Jean Desravines, co-chair of the Fund and CEO of New Leaders. “We couldn’t be more pleased to recognize and support these amazing champions for justice as they seize the unique opportunities for racial progress presented by 2021 in communities across the country.”


About Black Voices for Black Justice Fund

The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund was created to address under-investment in Black leaders and Black-led organizations by major donors, both to remedy racial disparities concerning access to philanthropic dollars as well as to support diverse social entrepreneurs who bring unique perspectives and expertise to tackling America’s most pressing challenges. Toward these ends, The Fund amplifies clarion voices concerning racial justice; connects new and established Black leaders to one another; and supports Black-led efforts to build meaningful economic and political power for their communities in the context of police brutality and the disproportionate impact of the pandemic along racial lines – including disparities in access to healthcare, jobs, education, justice, and the right to vote.


About Mississippi Center for Justice

The Mississippi Center for Justice is dedicated to dismantling the state’s culture of inequity and injustice.  Supported and staffed by attorneys and other professionals, the Center develops and pursues strategies to combat discrimination and poverty statewide.