Ariel to honor John Gee

GALLIPOLIS — Every community has its heroes and sometimes those in the past just need a little help being brought back to light.

The John Gee Black Historical Center has long been sought to educate others about the region’s African America history in part by telling Ohio Valley about the exploits of local entrepreneur, philanthropist and constructor John Gee. The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre will be holding a presentation telling his tale Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., open and free to the public. Area historian Elaine Armstrong will share Gee’s story with assistance from The Ohio Valley Symphony Woodwind Quintet.

According to oral histories of Gallia County, in 1798 Gee was born in Cincinnati, his mother was a slave, his father was rumored to be William Henry Harrison (later to become a president of the United States of America). Passed Gallipolis reporter Pinckney T. Wall recorded as much in his working notes. Harrison had 10 children with his wife and six with a slave (despite the fact slavery was outlawed by the Northwest Ordinance).

David T. Howard: From Georgia slave to Atlanta philanthropist

Howard, who took the name of his slave master after the Civil War, worked as a railroad porter in Atlanta before becoming an undertaker, with his mortuary business eventually making him one of the city's first black millionaires, according to historian Nasir Muhammad in a previous story in The Atlanta...

No place like home for Granderson's philanthropy

In a letter to his future self as part of a New Balance ad campaign, baseball philanthropist Curtis Granderson issued a personal challenge.

“Be the change you want to see in the world — paving the way for others much like others paved the way for you,” the Mets outfielder posted on his Twitter account. “Stay humble. Stay true. Never forget where you came from or the sacrifices made by those before you.”

In other words, don't change at all.

Few professional athletes commit themselves to their communities like Granderson, the pride of Thornton Fractional South and UIC who never forgot what former Tigers manager Jim Leyland told him about responsibility early in his career.

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Rhode Island Foundation Establishes Endowment for Black Community

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the launch of a $2.5 million endowment that will fund scholarships, youth mentoring, and other services for the state's African-American community.

The funds to establish the endowment were derived largely from the sale of Bannister House, which was founded in 1890 as a nursing facility for elderly African-American women, most of whom had worked in the households of wealthy families. Following the sale of the property in 2015, the home’s board of directors approached the leadership of the foundation's Black Philanthropy Initiative about what they might do with the proceeds from the sale, approximately $2.2 million.

A Rising Force: On the State of Black Philanthropy

Thanks to a few hundred years of slavery and Jim Crow, followed by decades of economic exclusion, African American households have far less wealth than whites. In fact, according to a recent study by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, the typical black household now has just 6 percent of the wealth of the typical white household.

This deep racial wealth gap wouldn't seem to bode well for black philanthropy. In fact, though, black Americans have a long history of philanthropic commitment. A report by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation a few years ago found that African Americans give away 25 percent more of their income per year than white Americans. With the cohort of people of color growing in size and assets, these populations will likely be even more important down the line. As we recently reported, a number of African Americans, as well as Latinos, are already giving at a substantial level.

Ford Foundation's Darren Walker was born in poverty, and now leads an organization worth billions

The key to understanding this moment in American history—in black history—is empathy.

That's what Darren Walker is saying. One could argue that if anyone is positioned to understand this dizzying landscape, he is.

Walker grew up poor in rural Texas, became one of the first kids in the Head Start program, and made it big on Wall Street in the 1980s. Yet his true calling was even bigger: He's now president at the Ford Foundation, an $11.2 billion philanthropic giant that's aiming to address social justice and inequality around the globe.

Educate Me Foundation working to grow the number of black teachers for black students across the country

In fact, Nathan created the Educate Me Foundation on a wholly opposite premise: To mentor and encourage African-American students, high school and college, to pursue careers in education, especially as teachers—and to help existing black teachers find new opportunities.

All with one goal, Nathan said: “To increase the number of African-American teachers in classrooms where they would have a cultural connection. That dynamic makes a huge difference for black students.”

How Trump's Tax Plan Could Kill the Charitable Deduction

Last fall the investor class seemed to cheer the election of Donald Trump as the stock market surged. But when the Wall Street swells dropped their gray flannel and donned their tuxes for the charity circuit, they encountered no enthusiasm for Trump's tax plan, in which the treatment of donations to charity poses for many not-for-profits the biggest funding challenge since the Great Recession

Perry: Philanthropy Must Save Itself from Whiteness

Flozell Daniels, president and CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana, agrees: “Philanthropy should be a representation of the community it serves…and that means the board [of the foundation], the senior staff and the representation of the grants that it makes.” Flozell says that the way money flowed to organizations from philanthropy after Hurricane Katrina reflected the makeup of the foundation’s decision makers even in a city that is majority black.

As African-American incomes see stark increases, journalist says blacks must shift from consumers to producers to find true wealth

Pitting director/actor Tyler Perry’s Madea character against longtime Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise doesn’t seem like a fair fight, but apparently Madea packs quite a punch at the box office.

African-American movie patrons plunked down enough cash to make Perry’s comedy “Boo! A Madea Halloween” the winner at the nation’s box offices last October, with Cruise’s action thriller sequel, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” coming in second place.

University–Community–Hospice Partnership to Address Organizational Barriers to Cultural Competence

Research documents a lack of access to, utilization of, and satisfaction with hospice care for African Americans. Models for culturally competent hospice services have been developed but are not in general use. Major organizational barriers include (1) lack of funding/budgeting for additional staff for community outreach, (2) lack of applications from culturally diverse professionals, (3) lack of funding/budgeting for additional staff for development of culturally competent services, (4) lack of knowledge about diverse cultures, and (5) lack of awareness of which cultural groups are not being served. A participatory action research project addressed these organizational barriers through a multicultural social work student field placement in 1 rural hospice. The effectiveness of the student interventions was evaluated, including addressing organizational barriers, cultural competence training of staff, and community outreach. Results indicated that students can provide a valuable service in addressing organizational barriers through a hospice field placement. 

Guest Editorial: Black history didn’t start with slavery and doesn’t end with the Obamas

Created in 1926 by WV native Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month has been an annual celebration of the rich history of black culture through accomplishment, triumph, defeat and injustice.

Back then called "Negro History" week, then month, this remembrance of important people and events unified our community. Black History Month is something our nation recognizes.

Community leader presented first Carter G. Woodson Lyceum award

Former Ashland Oil Inc. Foundation President Charles Whitehead was joined by students and staff members in the Drinko Library to answer questions about his days helping the community.

Whitehead helped in fundraising for the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Statue by supporting the Woodson Memorial Foundation. At the conclusion of the session, Whitehead was presented with the first award by the Carter G. Woodson Lyceum.

The Racial Wealth Gap

"America is becoming both a more diverse nation and a more unequal one. Over the past four decades, wealth inequality has skyrocketed, with nearly half of all wealth accumulation since 1986 going to the top 0.1 percent of households. Today the portion of wealth shared by the bottom 90 percent of Americans is shrinking, while the top 1 percent controls 42 percent of the nation’s wealth."

Huffington Post Provides "More and More About Frederick Douglass

According to a family statement from the direct descendants of Frederick Douglass, 

“Frederick Douglass has done an amazing job …

* Enduring the inhumanity of slavery after being born heir to anguish and exploitation but still managing to become a force for solace and liberty when America needed it most,

* Recognizing that knowledge was his pathway to freedom at such a tender age,

* Teaching himself to read and write and becoming one of the country’s most eloquent spokespersons,

* Standing up to his overseer to say that ‘I am a man!’

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Black Giving Circle Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Makes Inaugural Grant to Support Early Literacy

The social-emotional connection and relationship between parents and children plays a critical role in the literacy proficiency of children, particularly from birth through eight years old. Catholic Charities' Parker Memorial Family Center's Fatherhood initiative, which has been working to support fathers in Hartford's North End, has just received a $10,000 grant from the Black Giving Circle Fund to provide fathers with the education and supports they need to build strong social-emotional connections with their children in order to ensure that their children are reaching literacy proficiency.