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Celebrate Black History Month by Donating to These 10 Organizations!

For the entire month of February, we at DEV observe Black History Month as per celebrations in the United States!

Black History Month celebrates the remembering of people, events, contributions, and sacrifices in the history of the African diaspora. This holiday not only focuses attention on the historic and ongoing oppression of African Americans specific to the United States but also honors all Black people from all periods of history. Black History Month also calls for increased global education of the African diaspora, to help dismantle existing systems of oppression and further support, sustain, and fortify the lives of all Black people.

The association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) creates a new theme for Black History Month every year, this year’s theme being Black Resistance. To read more about the theme's history or to find more information you may visit their site here

This month and all year round we encourage you to donate and engage with local organizations to support organizations supporting liberation!

Below I have attached some of such organizations to donate to.

  1. Black Girls Code: "With your support, Black Girls CODE hopes to broaden our impact by diversifying our curriculum, supporting our alumnae into adulthood, and changing the narrative of Black women in tech."

  2. NAACP: "[NAACP's] mission in the 21st century is "to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination"

  3. National Black Child Development Initiative (NBCDI): "For more than 50 years, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) has been committed to our mission to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy."

  4. NAACP Legal Defense Fund: "The Legal Defense Fund is America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice."

  5. Thurgood Marshall College Fund: "The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is an American non-profit organization that supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public historically black colleges and universities, medical schools, and law schools."

  6. The Sentencing Project: "The Sentencing Project is a Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy center working for de-carceration in the United States and seeking to address racial disparities in the criminal justice system."

  7. Black AIDS Institute: "The Black AIDS Institute, formerly known as the African American AIDS Policy Training Institute, is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1999 by Phill Wilson to promote awareness and prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS by targeting African American communities."

  8. Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC): "Uplifting the narratives, leadership, and lived experiences of trans people of color, while building towards the collective liberation of all oppressed people."

  9. National Black Women's Justice Institute (NBWJI): "We research, elevate, and educate the public about innovative, community-led solutions to address the criminalization of Black women and girls. We aim to dismantle the racist and patriarchal U.S. criminal-legal system and build, in its place, pathways to opportunity and healing. We envision a society that respects, values, and honors the humanity of Black women and girls, takes accountability for the harm it has inflicted, and recognizes that real justice is healing."

  10. Know Your Rights Camp: Our mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass mobilization, and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders."

Want to shout out another Black-led organization for our community to support? Share a link in the comments! ❤️

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