Much has happened since last January, but not much has changed. As the United States recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, it’s important to acknowledge what this day symbolizes. This federal holiday should be used to perpetuate the message Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought and was killed for: a peaceful pursuit of equality, and justice for all.
We urge the music community and beyond to use this day to take action, educate, donate, volunteer, and contribute to organizations who need support. For those needing a day of solace or mental health, we’ve provided recommendations as well.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Led by Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight raises money to protect the voting rights in Georgia and throughout the U.S. with a particular focus on voters of color. Through advocacy, education, and mobilization their impact has directly led to record-breaking voter turnout in 2020 and the 2021 Georgia runoff election.
The NAACP is among the longest running civil rights organizations in the United States. NAACP is consistently at the forefront of advocacy, reform, protesting, petitioning and policy making all with the goal of building political power in support of Black communities.
Take Action: Visit naacp.org to see how you can get involved — Sign petitions, volunteer, become a member, sign up for newsletters and more.
The National Urban League is a civil rights organization founded in 1910. The organization works to establish economic empowerment, youth development, and advocate for policies to uplift historically underserved communities.
The Anti-Defamation League or ADL works to “fight hate for good.” Originally founded to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, ADL provides educational resources, programs, policies, and additional context to help identify and combat all forms of descrimination and hatred.
Take Action: See how you can take action by supporting youth organizations, political policies or even by reporting unacceptable bias related incidents in your community.
Until Freedom is a social justice organization co-founded by Tamika D. Mallory, Mysonne Linen, Angelo Pinto, Esq. and Linda Sarsour. Well known for their continuous fight for justice for Breonna Taylor, Until Freedom unites advocates, organizers, students, lawyers and all those passionate about intersectional justice to address and demand action from policy makers and beyond.
Color of Change is the largest grassroots racial justice organization in the U.S. Color of Change engages their digital community to organize and unite, strengthening the political voice of Black America in order to achieve effective change.
Founded by Rachel Cargle, The Loveland Foundation provides Black women and girls with affordable access to therapy. The Loveland Foundation empowers their community by giving them the healing space they deserve.
BEAM is a Black Emotional and Mental Health collective with frequent events, tool kits, training, resources including a directory to therapists, and crisis response hotlines.
Created by psychologist, speaker and podcast host, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, Therapy For Black Girls is another great resource providing a directory of therapists along with community engagement opportunities, and inspiring blog posts.
Black Men Heal’s goal is to remove the stigma surrounding mental health and match men with a qualified provider of color and eliminate the initial cost of therapy.
Find Support: Learn more about BMH and answer some preliminary questions to apply for a slot.