Participants from the 2017 POC Momentum in Minneapolis

POC Southern Momentum 2018

October 25-28, 2018
The Franklinton Center, Whitakers, NC

This Momentum training is exclusively for people of color (POC), and is an intensive 4-day training designed to give organizers the tools to build progressive popular social movements to win on the most pressing justice issues of our time. 

POC Southern Momentum is a collaborative effort between the Momentum Team and IGNITE NC. 

Apply here. We will be accepting applications until August 30 (extended deadline!), and will confirm acceptances by mid-September. We will be selecting participants across experience, issues, and identities in order to create a diverse learning environment.

Over the past year, we have seen interest and demand for the Momentum training increase dramatically. In order to create a learning space that supports our participants, our training will be limited to 50 participants, and we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wants to attend.

We are committed to making this training financially accessible to those who need it most and who will be most poised to implement the tools and strategies our trainers will share. If you would like to support our scholarship and travel fund for POC Momentum, you can donate here

If you've been through a Momentum training already and want to apply to be a facilitator, stay tuned for the application link here soon.

About Momentum and IGNITE NC

IGNITE NC is a North Carolina based training and leadership development organization for those ages 18-30 committed to building power amongst young people in the south.

Momentum is a collectively-run training institute and movement incubator, dedicated to understanding and building transformative social movements. Our training curriculum covers:

  • Designing the DNA: story, strategy, and structure of powerful transformative social movements that win through the support of the public.
  • How to grow your movement through cycles of action and absorption.
  • Communicating your vision and goals in a way the public can understand.
  • The difference between effective and counter-productive protests—how to claim the moral high ground and inspire mass support.
  • Planning in advance to absorb people outraged by “trigger events” such as mass deportation raids, declaration of a Muslim registry, etc.
  • Case studies from successful popular movements, including the Birmingham campaign, ACT UP, Indian independence movement, and others.

What is this training about? 

Communities of color in the United States have been targeted by government and citizens alike for centuries, and also have immense wisdom from generations of struggle. With greater threats everyday, we are reminded of the stakes for our communities as well as the lineage of powerful movements from the last hundred years that have been led by the most marginalized: from South African anti-apartheid to Indian Independence, from labor to gay marriage to the Movement for Black Lives.  

Nowhere else is this more evident than in the South, where the stakes and the history of resistance for justice have been greatest. The historical moment we face is shedding light on the way that systemic oppression in the South -- the legacy of indigenous genocide, slavery, and the mistreatment of the working class people -- has disenfranchised the entire country. At the same time, the movements of the South have had far-reaching impact on the entire country; as writer and civil rights activist WEB Dubois said, “As the South goes, so goes the Nation.” By looking towards the South, we can anchor our theory and practice in a legacy of resistance that stretches back centuries: from the legendary work of Denmark Vesey and Harriet Tubman, to the leaders of the Civil Rights movement and the work of Dr. King, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, to historic institutions such as SNCC and the Highlander Center.  

Across the South, we are experiencing the regression of years of progress in bettering the lives of people across the region. With a new wave of attacks aimed at stripping voting rights, workers rights, LGBTQ equity, and safety for undocumented and migrant communities and communities of color, it’s more important than ever that we build people power. The South is a gateway for imagining a different future. The moment calls for the development of young of leaders rooted in the South to take bold leadership that will have wide ripple effects across the country. There are thousands of emerging and experienced organizers dedicated to creating a new South. This training will equip them to see it through.

POC Momentum is a space for organizers of color to learn together, to invest in each other’s leadership, and to support one another in the long fight for the affirmation of everyone’s inherent humanity and worth.

Who should apply?

Momentum aims to support the next wave of experiments in movement-building in the United States and beyond. Our participants come from a wide-range of backgrounds - some have been organizing for decades, and some have just begun. What they share in common is an eagerness to interrogate both their successes and failures in their experiences so far, and a hunger to learn from history, themselves, and others as they continue to grow. As a ‘movement school,' our ideal participants are those who:

  • Wish to learn movement strategy as a craft developed throughout the history of global struggles 
  • Want to engage large numbers of people in social change 
  • Are willing to experiment and try new things
  • Have experience in the field - organizing actions, and building people-power with their communities, at national and local levels
  • Have personally reflected on and want to continue reflecting on organizing insights about what works and what doesn't work

The Momentum training is ideal for those who are able to influence strategy within their organizations as well as those who are willing to operate outside of existing organizations to launch new experiments. 

This training will be exclusively for participants identifying as people of color. We are building a diverse cohort of POC participants, and will be drawing from across issues, organizational backgrounds, and identities. We strongly encourage organizers from the South to apply. The training will be a combination of organizers from the South and from around the country. 

Training Costs

We strive to make our trainings as accessible as possible to those most directly impacted by injustice, including those from organizations with small budgets. With this in mind, we have a sliding tuition scale structure to meet these costs that accommodates organizations of various budget sizes. 

  • The actual cost per participant for the four days of training, materials, lodging, and food is $800 per participant. If you are coming from an organization with resources, we ask that you pay for the full cost. Your support in covering the full cost allows us to dedicate more resources to travel scholarships and subsidized tuition for others. 
  • If your organization has resources or if you are willing to sponsor the costs for other participants, you may pay a sponsor-level tuition, and we appreciate your support. All additional tuition funds will go directly to scholarships and travel funds for participants to attend.
  • We have structured a sliding scale tuition level for smaller organizations or for individuals coming without organizational support.
  • We anticipate that most individuals and organizations will not be able to pay the full cost amount, and are committed to providing tuition discounts or scholarships to the majority of participants. If you have resources to cover the full cost or more, that helps us keep it accessible for other participants. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please indicate your interest on the application.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please reach out to Cicia Lee, at