How African Americans Help Each Other!
At times, conversations stating African Americans are doing little or nothing to “lift themselves up” as they did in past generations, take place. In fact, some believe blacks should “forget about slavery,” and talk about now! “Why dwell on the past? it is said, “We can do nothing about that! Focus on stopping blacks from killing each other…stop talking about what the white man is doing! Do something ourselves!” In fact, the book An American Story: My Family and Yours is left on bookshelves because the first three (3) chapters deal with the impact slavery has had on the thinking and beliefs of both blacks and whites, leading them to make decisions today that affect life, liberty and happiness. Typical questions and answers may go like this in a conversation:
“You don’t believe blacks are helping each other?”
“No…nothing like they use to do… too much time is spent complaining about the white man!”
“Many African Americans and African American organizations help the less fortunate…”
“No, they don’t!” All they do is complain…complain about racism instead of doing something themselves!”
“That’s not true! You are grossly misinformed!”
“No, I’m not! Look at all of the crime that’s going on in black neighborhoods…they’re doing nothing about that! The poverty in neighborhoods is very high!”
“There are many factors as to why that is happening, and racism is a big factor!”
“There you go again…blaming the white man!”
You got it right if you said… those were African Americans talking!
Research shows that “nearly two-thirds of black households make charitable donations, worth a total of about $11 billion a year.” In fact, “blacks give away 25 percent more of their incomes than white donors,” according to a report by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The report also concludes that identity-based giving is gaining momentum in Latino, Asian American, Arab American and Native American communities as well as African American communities. Many organizations stress self-esteem, self-determination and self-direction as the core of their missions. Knowing who you are, is a key ingredient in promoting and achieving positive life direction.
As a result of this lack of information some have regarding the vast numbers of black organizations and individual African Americans reaching out to help other blacks, The Writers Monthly will commit several issues to show how numerous African Americans are working tirelessly to help the less fortunate, under-educated and poverty-stricken—sharing their wealth and volunteering their talents worldwide. The list will grow as more states, individuals and organizations are added.
Alabama – Huntsville
- The Collective Black People Movement
Mission: To gather, document and organize skills, talents and intelligence of black people for the purpose of self-help and collective development.
- National Coalition of 100 Black Women Central Alabama Chapter, Inc.
Mission: To advocate on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
Mission: The ASBCC is a private non-profit entity committed to advancing the economic, intellectual, and social conditions of its affiliates and members and the communities that they serve throughout Alabama.
- Mission: To improve the quality of life within communities, enhance educational and economic opportunities for our youth.
- One Hundred Black Men of Greater Huntsville
256 536 – 8050.
- National Society of Black Engineers
Mission: increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
Website: http://www.nsbe-northalabamaae.com/ Contact:
- Black United Foundation of Michigan
Mission: Committed to impact positive changes in a diverse community by providing funding and support to non-profit community-based programs and organizations that focus on education, community development, cultural enrichment and economic improvement.
- Michigan Collective Black People Movement
Mission: To gather, document and organize skills, talents and intelligence of black people for the purpose of self-help and collective development
- The Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan
Mission: To provide non-partisan, educational research, public policy development, and analysis of various issues of social and economic importance to Michigan’s Black communities, and to implement associated programs and services which enhance the life of children and families.
Contact; firstname.lastname@example.org 313 285-7234.
- Educational Arts Society
- Mission: To offer life-changing, inspiring and informative FREE music classes, FREE instruments and core value classes to under-privileged children, ages 6 to 24 in Metropolitan Detroit, and musical performances to seniors living in nursing facilities.
- African American Health Institute
Mission: To promote healthcare parity in Grand Rapids African American community through advocacy, education and research to achieve positive health outcomes. Contac: email@example.com, 616 331-5831.
- Crescendo Detroit
Mission: To transform the lives of youth, ages 5-18, in the neighborhoods in which we operate by developing intense instrumental music, vocal music and dance programs that promote artistic excellence and character building. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 313 310-3383.
African American Individuals Giving Back to Black Communities
- Oprah Winfrey – Contributed $10 million to the African American Museum, created “Angel Network” which is scheduled to dissolve soon, and raised $80 million for Katrina and Rita hurricane relief where mostly African Americans were affected.
- Denzel Washington – Donated $1 million to Wiley College.
- Russell Simmons – Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation(Rush Arts) is dedicated to providing underserved youth with contemporary art education, and developing and supporting artists, curators and new audiences.
- Tom Joyner – Tom Joyner Foundation offers scholarships of $2,500 to deserving students from designated Historically Black College and Universities.