For those of you who are here to find the Information Card PDF or the List of Black-Owned Businesses, click this link: Black History Awareness Resources (connectvolunteering.org)
The history of the USA has been plagued by racism, segregation, cruelty, and sexism. From stealing Africans away from their homeland to segregating black people from the community, the country has made countless unforgivable mistakes. Unfortunately, many new ones are being made even today. There is good though. There is an unbelievable amount of people working hard every day to make a difference in the country. They protest, they fight, they demand justice. People of all colors join the cause and work to invoke change and create a better future for all people. In today's age of mass-media, most atrocities committed against the black community are spread throughout the internet and catch media attention. This leads passionate and strong people, regardless of color or creed, to take to the streets to demand justice.
One organization that has been at the forefront of this fight for years now is the Black Lives Matter organization. Founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Their mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. They've been one of the symbols of the movement and have worked hard to create the change necessary to make a difference. There's still much work to be done though and here at Connect Volunteering, we stand with them and the black community and want to help make a difference. Whether it be as simple as changing the perspectives of a community or donating and supporting black-owned businesses and organizations, we can do more.
During the month of February (Black History Month), we are holding an event dubbed "Black History Awareness". We want to support black-owned businesses during the pandemic and spread awareness of the history of the black community throughout the Greater Seattle Area. Find out how you can make a difference by visiting the link below!
Event Link and Registration: Black History Awareness | Connect Volunteering
Thanks for the read,
Rajdeep Das, Founder and CEO of Connect Volunteering