Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene met at Starbucks in Philadelphia on April 12, 2018. They connected after witnessing two innocent black men being arrested for not buying a coffee. Michelle was the first person to speak up, and Melissa tweeted the video, which went viral with over 13 million views. It took their cohesive effort -- a black woman and a white woman standing up to racism -- to set off an international story that sparked the dialogue on what racism looks like today.
Together they started From Privilege to Progress, a national movement that calls on allies to #ShowUp against racism by understanding and using their privilege to speak up in their everyday lives and amplify in their social media networks.
Melissa and Michelle continue the conversation they started that day through social media campaigns and speaking engagements that create awareness and inspire action.