June 5, 2020

3 ways you can support Black communities

From food justice to economic justice, these organizations are fighting to build more equitable communities.

We will continue to promote the work that individuals and nonprofits are doing to support Black communities across the country. Tell us who is doing this work in your neighborhood. Email margaret@therenewalproject.com and we will help amplify their work.

Like you, we are struggling to process the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery—and the system of racial violence, police brutality, and hatred that has led to the countless killings of Black lives before them. We hear the anger and the sadness in the voices of demonstrators who are screaming for justice.

We’ve traditionally used this space to share ideas and solutions from our network. Today, we want to amplify the voices of those who are fighting for racial justice in their communities. We’ve culled the list below from a variety of sources, including organizations such as the Obama Foundation and the Anti-Racism Project and influencers like Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

This list represents a starting point for the work we must all do to stand up to racial injustices we witness in our communities. And it is in no way complete. We also will be promoting the work from these changemakers on social media. Give them a follow. And consider supporting one of these organizations below.

These nonprofits are building racial equity in their communities

Color of Change is chock-full of resources and ways to take action on behalf of racial injustices in the U.S. and across the globe. They are active in the fight for criminal justice, economic justice, and corporate accountability, to name just a few. You can sign a petition to demand justice for George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, and also to demand that Congress do more to protect Black businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation is a non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities. The National Coalition strives to create an enlightened community by engaging people in all aspects of public life through service/volunteerism, advocacy, leadership development, and voting.

F.A.R.M.S. is helping Black families build generational wealth through farming. The nonprofit’s founder, Jillian Hishaw, went to law school so she could advocate for farmers of color and help them keep their family farms. F.A.R.M.S. also fights to reduce hunger in rural, low-income communities.

IDEAS XLab is an artist-run nonprofit based in Louisville that works to build healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities. They use the power of the arts and self expression “to create a society where everyone has a fair chance to become their best self.” To learn a little bit about how art informs their work, read this piece written by poet and IDEAS XLab cultural strategist Hannah Drake, on the Button Soap project, which honors the legacy of enslaved men, women, and children in Natchez, Mississippi.

These organizations are fighting for racial justice in our legal system

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund has been fighting for racial justice since 1940, when it was founded by a young lawyer, Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first Black Supreme Court justice. Today, the organization is still fighting for civil rights—through litigation, advocacy, and education.

The National Bail Fund Network supports 40 community bail funds across the country. These organizations post bail for individuals who cannot afford it and advocate on their behalf.

These organizations are elevating the next generation of Black leaders

The Surge Institute is dedicated to the empowerment, advancement, growth, and achievement of youth and communities of color. The Chicago-based nonprofit educates leaders of color through its Surge Fellowship program.

Profound Gentlemen is building a community for male teachers of color. The nonprofit, a longtime contributor to The Renewal Project, seeks to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline to bring about change and equal opportunity for boys and male educators of color.

Margaret Myers

, The Renewal Project

Margaret Myers is the editor of The Renewal Project.