We’ve been cooking up programs and ideas for engaging our membership on equity and social justice issues. We thought a monthly curation of what we’re reading might spark conversation and action.
These were the words sung to us by Miss Joyce O’Neal at the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, the first stop of our Peace and Justice trip last month to Alabama. Last October, on my first day in the office as NCG’s new Programs and Events Manager, our President and CEO Ellen LaPointe approached me and said, “Daniel, we have an incredible opportunity to meet with Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative and visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. I’d like you to help us design the trip.” I was stunned by the enormity, but managed to reply and nod my head vigorously.
We are pleased to announce that Sarah Jones will close out our 2019 Annual Conference with a curated performance!
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and NCG’s recent trip to Selma and Montgomery, Alabama makes this day particularly relevant in connecting Dr. King’s fight for racial justice to our current political times.
This region is widely considered to be the birthplace of the civil rights movement, but was also the center of power for the Confederacy, the heart of the Jim Crow South, and at one time a thriving regional marketplace for the trafficking and sale of hundreds of thousands of human souls.
As I stood in the family playroom next to a jukebox I was hit by a moment of reverie. A Motown 45 stood atop the stack. Not sure if it was the Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Little Stevie Wonder or another of the era’s soundtrack for black folks. I imagined Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and Bayard Rustin listening in that room at the Harris Family home in Montgomery where they often gathered to plan and be in community.
History is told through multiple, sometimes competing, narratives. Earlier this month, walking through downtown Montgomery, Alabama with folks from NCG, posted plaques told stories in the way official histories often do, highlighting founders and money-makers. I also saw newer plaques marking enslavement, lynching, and civil rights
Thank you to all of our members who joined NCG’s Protecting Families Campaign and lifted up their voices in opposition to the harmful and unnecessary “public charge” rule that would worsen the well-being, health, and stability of millions of children and families.
Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce Jeff Hodos has been named Vice President of Finance and Administration.
Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce Daniel Lau has been named Program and Events Manager.