Tackling Inequality One Step at a Time: Celebrating Black Non-Profits

Tackling Inequality One Step at a Time: Celebrating Black Non-Profits

Black-led non-profits have been making a significant impact in the United States and around the world for many years. From the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded in 1915, to modern organizations like The National Urban League, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, 100 Black Men of America, NAACP Legal & Defense Fund, The National Black Child Development Institute, And (&) Campaign and more - these organizations are helping to close the equality gap and create a better future for all.

In honor of Black History Month this February 2023, here is a curated timeline of some of the most significant Black-led non-profits that have made an impact over the years:

1915: The Association for the Study of African American Life and History is founded. This organization seeks to promote greater understanding and awareness of African American history and culture through research, publications, teaching, and activities.

1935: The National Council of Negro Women is founded by Mary McLeod Bethune. This organization works to empower African American women and girls through leadership development, advocacy, education, and research.

1940: The NAACP Legal & Defense Fund is established to support the legal arm of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in its fight for civil rights, equal protection under the law, and anti-discrimination policies.

1957: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights advocates. The organization works to improve the political, economic, educational, social, and health conditions of African Americans across the United States.

1960: The National Urban League was founded by Eugene K. Jones to help African Americans achieve economic self-reliance and gain access to job opportunities. Today, the organization focuses on providing education and employment services, financial literacy programs, business development training, and more.

1961: The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) was founded to provide financial support and resources to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. TMCF offers scholarships, professional development opportunities, and research grants as well as advocacy on behalf of HBCUs.

1963: 100 Black Men of America was founded by a group of African American business and civic leaders to provide mentorship, leadership development, educational support, and health-related initiatives to African American youth.

1981: The National Black Child Development Institute was founded to provide research-based advocacy for the education, health, and well-being of African American children and families. The organization works to ensure that all children have access to quality care and education in order to reach their full potential.

2011: Black Girls Code was founded by Kimberly Bryant. The organization seeks to increase the number of women in STEM fields and provide technology education, access, and opportunities for black girls around the world.

2015: (&) Campaign was founded by Justin Giboney, Sho Baraka, and Angel Maldonado to educate and organize Christians for civic and cultural engagement that results in better representation, more just and compassionate policies, and a healthier political culture.

These are just a few examples of the many impactful organizations that have been created by African Americans in order to fight for social justice, civil rights, and equal opportunities.

As we celebrate Black History Month, let us take a moment to remember and recognize the incredible work done by these organizations, as well as all of the individuals who have worked tirelessly for justice and equality over the years.

At Opportunity for Greatness, we are continuing this legacy by fostering an environment of inclusivity and respect. We are committed to creating a world where everyone is given the chance to reach their full potential.