August marks Black Philanthropy Month, which was created in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network to celebrate our tradition of lending our time, talent, and treasure to effect change in communities of color.
This month will culminate with the second annual Giving Black Day, a day to promote financial support for Black-led and Black-benefiting grassroots organizations. This year Giving Black Day will be Wednesday, August 28th 2019, a date chosen because of its historical significance in the Black community.
Below are some events that took place on this day:
- August 28, 1955. 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered by three white men, which, became a “flashpoint in the civil rights movement.”
- August 28, 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.
- August 28, 2005. Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana. The storm, which devastated New Orleans, inordinately impacted many of the city’s black residents.
- August 28, 2008. Then-Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first black man to ever win the nomination and bid for the presidency.
- August 28, 2018. The Young, Black & Giving Back Institute hosts an entire day dedicated to black giving!