Darnell L. Moore
40, writer, Bedford-Stuyvesant
Who he is: Darnell L. Moore is a busy guy. He’s a senior editor and senior correspondent at Mic, where he regularly reports on the movement Black Lives Matter and other progressive politics, and he runs a video series, “The Movement,” which spotlights LGBT and race activists. He’s also the comanaging editor at The Feminist Wire and is working on a memoir tentatively titled No Ashes in the Fire (because he has so much free time).
His story: “It appeared to me that writing and cultural work, particularly storytelling, were tools for social change. For a big part of my life, I thought I would do academic work. Telling people stories has often been a door to understanding theoretical concepts or at least higher-level things. In shorter words, it’s my way to contribute to social change. I use the pen as a form of activism and art. If someone can relate, or a mind can be changed, or someone can be socially awakened, then that makes me feel good about the work I do.”
His most rewarding moment: “I once had a young man write me in my Facebook inbox saying he read something I wrote and decided to live. It was a piece about working through my own depression, and he said that it helped him. That was one of the most important moments of my writing career. It made me think, People are listening.”
Photograph: David Williams