Black History Month

Let's celebrate the world changers, brave leaders, our black brothers and sisters. All who have gone before us and those forging ahead. All who continue to inspire us! Each week we will share resources, inspiration, a highlight of key figures from black history and those shaping our future.

February 12, 2022

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CELEBRATE

James Baldwin
James Baldwin

James Baldwin is best known for his influential writings surrounding racial equality. Baldwin grew up in the US and found his passion for writing at a young age. He spent a few years as a preacher before deciding to leave the pulpit to eventually end up in Greenwich Village as a freelance writer. Baldwin secured a grant which allowed him to focus solely on his writing. Baldwin moved to Europe where he finished his first novel, now considered an American classic, Go Tell It on the Mountain, published in 1953. Over the next 10 years, Baldwin authored four books, two of which became immediate bestsellers. After returning to the US to take part in the civil rights movement, he authored The Fire Next Time, which explored Black identity and the state of racial struggle. This is the book that put Baldwin on the cover of TIME Magazine. Baldwin returned to France where he wrote If Beale Street Could Talk (1974). He spent his last ten years of life producing powerful works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry and passed away in 1987.

Source: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/james-baldwin-about-the-author/59/

 

Tamika Mallory
Tamika Mallory

Tamika Mallory is a civil rights activist, organizer, speaker, and mother fighting racism, sexism, and gun violence today. In 2011, Mallory became the youngest executive director of Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. In 2017, she was a co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington (the largest single-day protest in US History) and later became the co-president of The Women’s March Inc. Most recently, Mallory was a co-founder of Until Freedom, a social justice organization fighting systemic and racial injustice. As of this week, Tamika is  a nominee for the NAACP Image Award in the Social Justice Impact category! You can support Tamika’s work at untilfreedom.com

Thank you, @tamikadmallory for your steadfast leadership. We pray blessings over your work, health, and family. We pray that the Lord would continue to amplify your voice as you lead this generation toward justice and healing.

 

Don Shirley
Don Shirley

Don Shirley was a Jamaican American pianist and composer. Shirley showed interest in piano from a very young age, he began playing the organ at church at the age of three! By age nine, Shirley left to study theory at the Leningrad Conservatory of Music in the Soviet Union. He received lessons in advanced composition at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. By the age of 18, Shirley debuted in concert with the Boston Pops where he performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat. His first major composition was performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra a year later. Shirley developed his own genre which melded spirituals, blues, popular music and show tunes.  In 1955, he began recording his unique renditions of popular songs and in that same year,  Shirley made his Carnegie Hall debut and went on to perform with several extinguished symphonies and orchestras. The Don Shirley Trio, comprised of Don Shirley, bassist Ken Fricker and cellist Juri Taht, collaborated on projects throughout the years. After developing tendinitis in his right hand in the early 1970s, Shirley disappeared  from the public eye. He performed occasionally in the 2000s. In 2001, he released the album, Home with Donald Shirley, with the help of a student. Don Shirley passed away in 2013.

Source: https://www.biography.com/musician/don-shirley

#donshirley #blackhistorymonth

 

SUPPORT

BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES IN THE LA COMMUNITY

Junie Bees Butta

Est. 2019 in Mid-City Los Angeles by founder, Jennifer Archie

Junie Bees Butta provides all-natural and organic body butters formulated with essential oils.
Archie, who worked as a microbiologist for about three and a half years, began making body butters after noticing that over-the-counter treatments and prescriptions only temporarily treated her daughter’s rashes. Over time, Archie perfected the formula and began to offer the butters to friends and family. When offers started rolling in to buy the butters, Archie created a logo, website and label for the jars. She continues to make the butters and labels the jars herself.

 

 

Mary Louise Cosmetics

Est. 2017 in Beverly Hills by founder, Akilah Mary-Louise Releford

Growing up with dry skin and eczema, Releford would make natural remedies along with using prescribed medications and topical creams. In high school, Releford created masks for her and her sister using oatmeal, honey and egg whites. As a student at Howard University, she continued making face masks and began creating other skincare products. After sharing her “Mississippi mud masks” with the women on her dorm room floor, Releford began selling them online. Mary Louise Cosmetics grew from there, with Releford making skin care products in her dorm room instead of doing her chemistry homework.

 

 

LEARN

A resource deeply rooted in the practices of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Kazu Haga, an expert in the field offers a mindfulness-based approach to nonviolent action, demonstrating how nonviolence is a powerful tool for personal and social transformation

Nonviolence was once considered the highest form of activism and radical change. And yet its basic truth, its restorative power, has been forgotten. In Healing Resistance, leading trainer Kazu Haga blazingly reclaims the energy and assertiveness of nonviolent practice and shows that a principled approach to nonviolence is the way to transform not only unjust systems but broken relationships.

With over 20 years of experience practicing and teaching Kingian Nonviolence, Haga offers us a practical approach to societal conflict first begun by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement, which has been developed into a fully workable, step-by-step training and deeply transformative philosophy (as utilized by the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter movements). Kingian Nonviolence takes on the timely issues of endless protest and activist burnout, and presents tried-and-tested strategies for staying resilient, creating equity, and restoring peace.

An accessible and thorough introduction to the principles of nonviolence, Healing Resistance is an indispensable resource for activists and change agents, restorative justice practitioners, faith leaders, and anyone engaged in social process.