Black Lives Still Matter: Eliminating Racism Through Community Activism & Involvement

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June is Black Lives Matter Month—an annual period of recognition and reflection born from the social justice movement itself.

This month-long commemoration was established to provide an opportunity for folks across America to take a stand against racism through community involvement and empowerment.

To connect our community with valuable education and support resources, our 24G Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force started a conversation internally, calling for crew-recommended resources—both locally and globally—that uphold the mission of Black Lives Matter. The 24G crew enthusiastically delivered upon the challenge.

As our list continues to grow, we will be updating this post to include resources across businesses, community spaces, and organizations, as well as current and historical thought leaders in the technology, marketing, and creative industries. Be sure to save or bookmark this page for future updates!

Kicking off our recognitions, we first shared our most highly recommended and crew-endorsed Community Spaces & Events: Griffin Gardens | A community garden and space located on the northwest side of Detroit. Like and follow their Facebook and Instagram pages to add lush greenery to your timeline while staying in the know on upcoming events and volunteer dates.

Irwin House Global Art Center and Gallery | An arts destination born from the vision of Valerie Irwin and her late husband, Council B. Irwin, Jr. serving West End Detroit and the global art community. Irwin House Gallery produces exhibitions and multimedia programs exploring critical cultural and historical topics—bringing together artists, community, collectors, and enthusiasts in a creative and nurturing environment. Like and follow their pages on Facebook and Instagram for exquisite gallery views and events.

N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art | One of the most influential and internationally renowned contemporary abstract art galleries, N’Namdi Gallery displays the works of African-American master artists and local artists across four state-of-the-art exhibition spaces. In addition, this nonprofit organization also offers a variety of programs dedicated to promoting art understanding, education, and appreciation. Follow N'Namdi Center on Facebook and Instagram for their latest exhibitions and events.

Norwest Gallery of Art | A contemporary art space specializing in African and African-American works, based in the Historic Detroit Neighborhood of Rosedale Park. As Detroit's newest art gallery and museum, Norwest remains committed to promoting works of art that boast an engaging and explosive voice—providing collectors with access to the hottest artists around the globe. Like and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for emerging contemporary artists, movements, and events.

Urban Organic | A multi-genre marketing and promotions company founded in 2001 with a focus on music, visual arts, film, and literature. Urban Organic's aim is to connect creatives, entertainment professionals, and their respective works to various target audiences through events, product placement, talent booking, and media outreach. Follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for local promotions and events.

This week, we’re adding the 24G crew’s most highly recommended Organizations to our growing list: The Avalon Village | A sustainable eco-village being built in Highland Park within the city of Detroit. Inspired by the life and memory of Jakobi RA, who was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver at the age of 2, The Avalon Village seeks to transform one of the city’s most blighted blocks into a safe, functional, and beautiful space for the entire community. Their first installation—Jakobi RA Park—serves as a gathering place for celebrations, community service projects, activities and events throughout the year. Construction, landscaping, and beautification is currently underway on The Homework House and The Goddess Marketplace. Future plans include The Avalon Village Healing House, The Blue Moon Cafe, and The Avalon Village Community Greenhouse. Follow their progress on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Black Bottom Garden Center | Determined to create a community impact that will last for generations to come, four African American women came together to open a new gardening center in the North End area of Detroit. They offer edible plant transplants, compost, compost tea, soil, seed packs, house plants, flower transplants, as well as monthly classes on gardening and food preservation. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for valuable garden resources and product updates.

Color of Change | The nation’s largest online racial justice organization, Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities by challenging injustice, holding corporate and political leaders accountable, commissioning game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advancing solutions for racial justice that can transform our world. Join the movement by adding your email to Color of Change's newsletter. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube for updates on urgent racial justice initiatives.

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) | Working to build self-reliance, food security, and justice in Detroit’s Black community, DBCFSN progresses these initiatives by influencing public policy, engaging in urban agriculture, promoting healthy eating, encouraging cooperative buying, and directing youth towards careers in food-related fields.

Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund | A coalition of 3 long-standing Detroit urban farming organizations on a mission to rebuild inter-generational land ownership for Black Farmers in Detroit. Through food sovereignty and the revitalization of Detroit’s agricultural landscape, Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund honorably stewards funds to support Detroit’s Black Farmers in land acquisition and farm support. Follow their Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channels for updates and events.

Detroit People's Food Co-Op | An African American led, community-owned grocery cooperative, who's made it their purpose to provide improved access to healthy food and food education to Detroit residents. Meeting the needs of the community is achieved through the democratic control of the co-op by its members/owners. Like and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for food education and involvement opportunities.

Detroit Will Breathe | Detroit Will Breathe is a movement formed on the streets of Detroit in the midst of an international movement against police brutality towards Black lives. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for local perspectives on the latest racial justice news and events.

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) | A national network of organizations and individuals creating a broad political home for Black people to learn, organize, & take action—under the fundamental idea that we can achieve more together than we can separately. M4BL hosts intentionally curated and inclusive events—both virtually and in-person—making activism approachable. Add their newsletter to your inbox and support them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. | The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 80 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments. Join LDF's email newsletters and social channels—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube—for current updates on racial justice legal battles and ways to support.

We encourage you to take action in eliminating racism in your community by supporting these Community Spaces and Organizations and attending their respective events this weekend, this month, or any time of the year.

What other Community Spaces and Organizations belong on this list? Add your recommendations in the comments below!

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