Andre Henry has a passion for making the invisible visible. In the summer of 2016, he began lugging a solid granite boulder around Los Angeles to show the weight of systemic racism on the black psyche. Months later, he walked around dressed for a funeral with the names of the victims of state violence written on his jacket; and in response to the police involved death of his mentally ill neighbor, J.R. Thomas, Andre founded an activist collective called “Something Disruptive” dedicated to creative, nonviolent direct action.
Together, “Something Disruptive” convened a group of community leaders, students,
clergy, and civilians from around Los Angeles County for a year-long vigil in protest of
police brutality in the wake of J.R. Thomas’ death at the doors of the Pasadena Police
Station called “A Subversive Liturgy.” Through this year-long action, the group raised
financial support for J.R.’s family and local Black Lives Matter activists, as well as
mobilized support for the Black Lives Matter Pasadena Freedom School serving the
youth of Northwest Pasadena.
Andre is a student of nonviolent struggle and social change, including studying
leadership in nonviolent movements for social change through the Harvard Kennedy
School. He specializes in using digital media to educate and mobilize audiences for
racial justice and social progress. He has served as managing editor at RELEVANT
Media Group and is currently a contributing editor for The Sider Center for Peace and
Justice in Philadelphia, a Content Expert for the Fuller Leadership Platform, and a
Research Assistant for the Innovation for Vocation Project. He has also earned
theology degrees from both Southeastern University and Fuller Seminary.
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