Join us as we celebrate Black Philanthropy Month 2015. Throughout this month, we will re-air podcasts from Dr. Emmett Carson, Dr. Charlotte Williams, Epiphany Morrow, Dr. Keneshia Grant, Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Ashley Gragg, Antoinette Merriman and Beatrice Shelby. These episodes will air every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of August.
We will also feature blogs on Black philanthropy and #GivingBlack. Tune in, comment and share! We love to hear from you!
History of Black Philanthropy Month
Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), held every August, was created in August 2011 by Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network as an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving. Recognized by the United Nations as part of its Declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent; declared by Congressman Keith Ellison, with proclamations from Minnesota’s governor and the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, we invite all black communities and their allies to take August and beyond to promote the power of giving to transform lives.
In 2013, a concerted effort was taken to invite public participation in a wave of activities, discussions, thought pieces, events and generosity, that started in August, surged through the year and washed into 2014. The multimedia campaign occurred online and offline with local and global dimensions.
2014 also held special significance since August 28 marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the Great March on Washington. Commemoration of this watershed event gave cause for reflection and action and gave rise to the focal concept of BPM 2013: Of Dreams and Mountaintops. For 2015, the theme is A Season of Change.
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