If you’ve often wondered how you can make a change in your community, here are 9 nonprofit organizations that are doing amazing things in Black communities and need your support.
Black Out For Human Rights
Per the website, Blackout for Human Rights is a collective of filmmakers, artists, activists, musicians, lawyers, tastemakers, religious leaders and concerned citizens who commit their energy and resources to immediately address the staggering level of human rights violations and injustices against fellow Americans throughout the United States. High profile members of Blackout for Human Rights include Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Charles King, Nate Parker, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover, Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, John Burris, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosa Clemente, Michael McBride, Shaka King, Scott Budnick, David Oyelowo, Pastor Michael McBride and more. One of their standout initiatives, ‘Blackout Friday’ was created “to make Black Friday a nationwide day of action and retail boycott.” ” On ‘Blackout Friday’ Blackout [organizes] grassroots events, nationwide, for people to come out and show their solidarity in the fight for equal human rights.” The first boycott took place as a direct response to the events in Ferguson.
Color of Change
The Color of Change website states they are “the nation’s largest online racial justice organization”. The organization “help[s] people respond effectively to injustice in the world”. With over one million members, Color of Change has worked to “move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America” since its inception in 2005. One of their active campaigns focuses on Black immigrants who are participants of the Dream Act, working to convince Congress that “Black immigrants matter” and that the elimination of DACA and TPS protections would have a devastating effect on the lives of many Black Americans who know no other home.
Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
Incite’s website says, ” INCITE! is a nation-wide network of radical feminists of color working to end violence against women, gender non-conforming, and trans people of color, and our communities. We support each other through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing. In their (2006) anthology “Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology”, the organization “presents the fierce and vital writing of 33 visionary radical feminists of color demanding that we address violence against women of color and trans people of color in all its forms, including interpersonal violence and state violence.”
Black Youth Project
The Black Youth Project is a digital media platform that publishes “survey and respondent data concerning Black Americans ages 18-30.” They “also feature high quality and engaging content which highlights the diversity of this generation [and] work closely with [their] activist organization, BYP 100, to bring light to efforts to better [Black]communities through direct engagement.” From the website, “The Black Youth Project will examine the attitudes, resources, and culture of the young, urban black millennial, exploring how these factors and others influence their decision-making, norms, and behavior in critical domains such as sex, health, and politics.
My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance)
MBK Alliance is an organization founded by the Obama Administration that has transitioned into its next phase since the end of the Barack Obama’s presidency. According to the website, the vision of MBK Alliance is to make equal opportunity, success, and prosperity a reality for all of the nation’s boys and young men of color.A September 2017 press release from the organization states, “Today, we are pleased to announce that the MBK Alliance will continue its critical mission as a core initiative of the Obama Foundation. President Obama has stated repeatedly that the mission of MBK Alliance would be part of his life’s work. By joining forces, MBK Alliance and the Obama Foundation will be better equipped to meet the goal so fundamental to the lifelong vision of President Obama – an America where all children can reach their full potential no matter who they are or where they come from.”