Dear friend,

We were rocked this week by the ruling in Breonna Taylor's murder. As you know by now, none of the officers will be held accountable for her death.

It's devastating. It's incomprehensible. It's also a reality. The U.S. is a brutal place for Black Americans.  

What now? How do we move forward? Will things ever get better? Questions like these weigh heavily on our hearts.

It's easy to give up. Despair is a rational response to injustice.

The problem is our hopelessness keeps us stuck.

This week, I hope you rest and take good care of yourself.  I hope you also draw strength from our foremothers - Fannie Lou Hamer, Ida B. Wells, Harriet Tubman, and more. They too saw much suffering and kept moving forward.

In love and solidarity,

Jocelyn

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the week is Eskedar Getahun, interim co-CEO of PushBlack, the nation's largest nonprofit media organization for Black Americans.  

I caught up with her to learn more about her work to educate Black folks about our history and mobilize us to VOTE on Election Day.

Check her out!

Speaking of Amazing Black Women in History...

Maggie Lena Walker was the first Black woman to charter and become president of her own bank, the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank.

Watch the video below from Unladylike2020 on PBS to learn more about how she helped us build our wealth!

BlackHer Fact

There are more Black women running for Congress in 2020 than ever before.  What beautiful and inspiring news!

According to the Center for American Women and Politics,

"At least 130 (98D, 32R) Black women are congressional candidates in 2020, including 117 (89D, 28R) Black women candidates for the U.S. House and 13 (9D, 4R) Black women candidates for the U.S. Senate...This is the largest number of Black women candidates who have run for the House or Senate, overall and in both parties, in a single election year."

Learn more.

Then, head over to Higher Heights or Collective PAC to make a donation. We have to help our sisters get across the finish line!  #RepresentationMatters

Make Sure Your Vote Counts in 2020.

The New York Times has created a great resource to clarify rules around voting during the pandemic and make it easier for us to vote.

Check it out!

 

The Black Woman's Guide to Philanthropy

Last August, we launched The Black Woman's Guide to Philanthropy with support from our friends at Giving Compass. Our goal was to redefine philanthropy for Black women and highlight amazing women in the field like Lisa Hall, impact chairperson at Apollo Global Management, Ashindi Maxton, co-founder of Donors in Color, Lisa Hamilton, CEO of Annie E. Casey Foundation, and more.

Check it out and listen to the podcast we did with The Nonprofit Quarterly

Voice. Vision. Value.

This week, we were excited to learn about Voice. Vision. Value, "a digital narrative project that celebrates the leadership impact of Black women in professional philanthropy today." 

Check it out and learn about Black women leading philanthropy like Takema Robinson below. 

Need More Inspiration?

Check out the wonderful women of the WNBA and learn more about their lives inside the Wubble!

In love and solidarity,

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