For Black History Month this year, we’re reflecting on the countless Black-led organizations that have greatly impacted the communities in which we live, work and serve. And while this month is a great time to support those organizations, it’s even more important that we continue uplifting those organizations and advocating for racial justice beyond February. 

To get you started, we’ve pulled together some meaningful racial advocacy nonprofits, associations and organizations that need our support as we continue vital conversations around racial justice and equality.

Austin Justice Coalition

The Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) is an Austin-based organization that serves people who are historically and systematically impacted by gentrification, segregation, over policing, a lack of educational and employment opportunities, and other institutional forms of racism. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for people of color by helping them be the driving force behind their own liberation. Donate here.

E4 Youth

Another Austin-based nonprofit, E4 Youth is dedicated to helping underserved and BIPOC youth (ages 16-22) learn about and pursue creative careers through hands-on training, mentorship programs and exposure to real-world opportunities with dedicated community partners. Their programs aim to Engage, Educate, Employ and Empower thousands of high school and college students. E4 Youth engages creative youth to help them identify their interests, educates them on how those interests can lead to creative careers, works with partners to employ them in internships and empowers them to pursue their creative goals. (E4 Youth is a pro-bono client of Resplendent Hospitality’s, so we are personally big supporters of the organization and its mission.) Donate here.

ACLU of Texas and Arkansas

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas is the leading civil rights organization in the Lone Star State. Their mission is to be the unyielding guardian and promoter of freedom, justice, equality, and dignity of all people, particularly for those who are still fighting to secure the full exercise of their civil rights and liberties in Texas. 

The ACLU of Arkansas (ACLU-AR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses legal, legislative and public education methods to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues including, free speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and more. The ACLU-AR is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights.

Donate to the ACLU of Texas here. | Donate to the ACLU of Arkansas here.

Black Action Collective

The Black Action Collective (BAC) is a nonprofit organization founded in Northwest Arkansas. BAC affirms and celebrates the rich history, contributions and resilience of the Black community across the state and nation through education, facilitation, racial healing, social justice, and reconciliation. BAC exists to educate and connect a multicultural collective of caring people to organize, and mobilize resources, ideas, and projects to improve, empower, strengthen, and create equitable opportunities for African Americans and undermine white supremacy within the community. Donate here.

Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Donate here.

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