Beyond Black History Month: The Lasting Legacy of Black Charities

Stephanie Wallace • Feb 07, 2023
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Black History Month is a time to recognize, honor, and celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Black individuals throughout history. Keela acknowledges and celebrates this important month by paying tribute to the legacy of Black leaders, activists, and pioneers who have paved the way for future generations.

What is Black History Month and Why Do We Celebrate? 

The special significance of Black History Month goes beyond just remembering the past. It’s also about educating the present and inspiring the future. By acknowledging and honoring the struggles, sacrifices, and achievements of Black individuals, we can better understand and appreciate the rich cultural heritage and contributions that they have made to society.

At Keela, we recognize black charities and organizations that promote the voices and history of the Black community through fostering leadership and driving progress toward racial equity. By supporting Black-led organizations and charities, we can help ensure that the legacy of Black individuals continues to be celebrated and preserved for generations to come.

As a company, Keela is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our business. We are proud to highlight some nonprofit organizations that are making a positive impact in their communities and helping raise awareness against racial injustice.

Black-led Organizations and Charities to Celebrate, Recognize and Donate to:

Black Health Alliance

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The Black Health Alliance is an organization that focuses on improving the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada. It operates as a community-led organization and has a history of successful advocacy. Their efforts are driven by research, partnerships, and people, and they work to create innovative solutions to address Black health issues and promote health education. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to creating lasting change for Black families and communities by mobilizing resources, both financial and human.

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CP Planning

CP Planning is a nonprofit organization that works to bring together local, public, non-profit, and private sector organizations in the land use development industry to invest in solutions that support the economic, social, and cultural rights of marginalized communities. Their mission is to ensure that everyone has access to good housing, job opportunities, an adequate standard of living, and cultural expression.

The organization envisions a world where people feel a sense of community and belonging, and to achieve this, they prioritize initiatives related to affordable housing, job training in the trades and urban agriculture, and access to community service spaces. CP Planning is among the charities that provide support and services to marginalized communities in these important areas.

CP Planning has launched the Black Futures Community Development Fund, an initiative aimed at supporting Black individuals and communities. This fund will provide paid employment, mentorship, training, and professional networking opportunities to help people coordinate investments in areas that will promote economic prosperity and increase access to affordable housing. The organization’s goal is to raise $50,000 by the end of February. By investing in the Black Futures Community Development Fund, you will be supporting the growth and success of Black individuals and communities, and helping to create a brighter future for all.

Black Boys Code

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Black Boys Code focuses on improving the future of Black youth through education in computer science and technology. Their mission statement is to inspire and empower Black youth to become the next generation of digital creators and technological innovators. They strive to achieve this by helping young individuals develop their digital literacy and computer skills, which form the foundation for a career in technology.

The vision of the organization is for Black youth to understand their own strengths and talents and realize their full potential in the field of technology. As a charity dedicated to supporting Black youth education, they provide the necessary training, programs, and resources to help young people shape their own futures and succeed in the innovation economy.

Urban Triage Inc.

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Urban Triage Inc. is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and strengthen Black economic power, self-sufficiency, and community leadership through education, psychoeducation, community engagement, trauma response, healing, and cultural heritage. Their mission is to foster development and support for Black families, empowering them to lead successful lives.

The organization is committed to providing transformative education that addresses the unique challenges faced by the Black community and to promoting healing and cultural heritage. Urban Triage Inc. is among the nonprofits working to advance the well-being and opportunities of black communities.

Black Mental Health Canada

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Black Mental Health Canada (BMHC) is a dynamic and dedicated national organization to promote mental wellness among Canada’s diverse Black communities. With a focus on culturally sensitive and affirming care, BMHC is dedicated to improving access to mental health services through advocacy, research, capacity-building, and collaboration. The organization considers the impact of social determinants of health and is committed to providing equitable and effective mental health treatment to better support and serve the needs of Black communities.

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Young, Black & Lit

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Young, Black & Lit is a pioneering organization founded by individuals who believe in the vital role that reading and representation play in the lives of children. With a mission to increase access to children’s books that reflect and celebrate Black experiences, the organization provides these books to youth at no cost to them or their families.

Through monthly donations to schools and organizations serving youth, partnerships with impact-driven organizations, and dynamic pop-up community book fairs, Young, Black & Lit is dedicated to promoting a love of reading and cultural understanding among Black children.

Concerned Black Alumni of Princeton Inc.

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The Concerned Black Alumni of Princeton Inc. (CBAP) is an independent group of alumni from diverse backgrounds who have come together to support the creation of a center that institutionalizes Princeton University’s commitment to combating and eradicating racism.

By collaborating with affinity groups and promoting consensus-building, CBAP recognizes that a diversity of experiences, perspectives, and skills is essential to effectively address the needs and create sustainable change. Through their work, CBAP demonstrates a commitment to eradicating racism and creating a more equitable and just world.

Society of Black Archaeologists

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The Society of Black Archaeologists (SBA) is an organization that focuses on the histories and material cultures of Black and African communities in archaeology. The SBA works to address the ongoing systemic exclusion of Black and African scholars from the field of archaeology by providing a network, mentorship, and educational opportunities and programs. The organization’s goal is to prepare Black and African scholars and communities to participate in the documentation, excavation, preservation, and interpretation of Black and African heritage.

The vision of the SBA is to create a strong network of archaeologists that advocates for the proper treatment of African and African diaspora material culture, encourage more people of African descent to enter the field of archaeology, promote community collaborations, address concerns related to African peoples worldwide, and highlights the achievements and contributions made by people of African descent to the field of archaeology.

Canadian Association of Black Journalists

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The Canadian Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) is an organization dedicated to promoting representation in the media through education and inspiration. The CABJ aims to bring together Black journalists in an effort to diversify newsrooms, increase the number of Black media professionals in management positions, and educate and inspire a new generation of Black journalists.

To achieve this, the CABJ is focused on advocating for diversity in Canadian media, expanding its membership base, fostering a new generation of Black journalists and content creators, and offering hands-on workshops and other professional development opportunities to Black journalists and content creators.

At Keela, we believe that by working together, we can create a brighter future for everyone, regardless of race or ethnicity.

This month and beyond is a time to reflect on the contributions of black individuals and to acknowledge the ongoing struggle for equality and racial justice. We are proud to celebrate this important month and to support black charities and organizations in their mission to make a positive impact on the black community, our country, and the world.

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