By Cheri Willoughby and Rhetta Barker.
Kwanzaa is celebrated by millions around the world, representing opportunity for celebration of family, community, and culture.
Dr. Maulana Karenga started the celebration of Kwanzaa in 1966. Feeling African Americans were detached from the values and culture of the continent of Africa, he created the celebration to give them something they could connect to and make their lives better.
Blacks United In Diversity and Leadership supports our American Indian and Alaska Native brothers and sisters and honors Indigenous Peoples / Native American Heritage Month.
Beginning in 1990, November was designated Native American Heritage Month, a time to pay tribute to the rich history and culture of the American Indian tribes. All the verbiage surrounding that initial recognition seemed to place Indigenous people and culture into a past tense.
Focus on organizations led by and serving communities of color seeks to address disproportionate pandemic impact.
OLYMPIA, WA – The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on nonprofit organizations, with many experiencing increased demand for services and programs while at the same time dealing with disruption of services and programs, cancellation of contracts, funding losses due to canceled fundraisers, reduced donations and other issues affecting staff and volunteer capacity. The impacts are particularly hard on nonprofits led by and serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities.
BUILD Membership Mingles are one-hour, focused opportunities for BUILD members to network, discus important cultural issues, and build community outside of the monthly BUILD meetings. These are hosted by the BUILD Membership and Engagement Sub-committee.
Register by clicking on the hyperlinks.
Register on our events page!
Questions or ideas for future membership mingles? Email BUILD@ofm.wa.gov
Featuring experts and self-advocates on disability and race, this panel will explore life at the center of multiple oppressed identities.
“Justice for Breonna Taylor” rally, “Worship Service”, Unknown Press Conference, “Climate Justice is Racial Justice” rally, “Fire At The Gates Revival” event, “The Return” event, and Unknown rally and concert.
Washington State Commission on African American Affairs next public meeting:
Friday, September 25, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Join us from 2-3 PM on Thursday, October 15th, 2020, for the virtual VR 100th Anniversary Program: Celebrating a Century of Transforming Lives! Hosted by Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Services for the Blind, Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, and other affiliated VR programs and educational institutions, this program will celebrate 100 years of the public Vocational Rehabilitation program in the U.S.
Thank you to the 104 people who attended our virtual August General Membership Meeting! This was again our largest meeting (outside of special events) to date! We are so excited that BUILD continues to grow during these challenging times.
We are planning to hold our September General Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 17th, from 9:00am to 12:00pm, 100% virtually again through Zoom Business.
You can get involved now by joining a subcommittee! We have several. You can find information about the purpose and goals of each, and who to contact for more information here.
If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, or if you need an accommodation to fully participate in our meetings or events, email us at BUILD@ofm.wa.gov.
“Reopen Schools Rally”Notice of un-permitted activity in the Olympia area: Public march, “Back the Blue/#SavetheChildren” rally, “Black Lives Matter” march,
The African American Studies Institute at PGCC presents: Black Culture Matters : A virtual lecture-discussion series.
Black Culture Matters is a series hosted by the African American Studies Institute (AASI) at Prince George's Community College, revolving around this year’s theme: Resisting De-humanization through the Humanities.
A virtual play celebrating the unsung heroes of suffrage.
They were tireless organizers. Tenacious fighters. And political geniuses. They were Black and Latinx. Indigenous and immigrant. Together they won women the right to vote and laid the cornerstone for gender equality in the United States. Yet their stories have rarely been told. Until now.
This Tuesday we give voice to these heroes of the suffrage movement. Be there for the premiere of this innovative new performance, and learn why their fight is far from over.
Blacks United in Leadership and Diversity (BUILD) invites you to our Virtual August General Membership Meeting on Thursday, August 20th from 9:00 to 12:00pm! If you cannot attend the full session, please join us as you are able and where you will most benefit and contribute.
Please join BUILD on Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 9 am – 12 noon for an inspiring virtual commemoration of our successful first year.
This event includes our October General Membership Meeting.
MORE INFO ON OUR EVENTS PAGE
Now more than ever is the time to link arms together with like-minded colleagues, allies and supporters to celebrate BUILD’s accomplishments, affirm our purpose and determine our path forward as transformational change agents seeking equity, justice and opportunity for people of color within state government and the greater Washington community at large.
Mark your calendars now for BUILD’s First Annual “BLACKTOBERFEST”. See you there!
Amplifying Black Voices: The third Black President of the United States, a story of Black women in academia.
This series is a platform for black authors to share personal accounts about their life experiences in research and academia, as well as reflect on the Black Lives Matter movement, the current state of affairs and where we go from here.
Noise Demonstration event, “A March for Justice”, “People’s Assembly: Voices United for Black Lives” gathering
Tuesday, August 25 1 - 3 p.m. (Central Time)
Hosted by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with Honorary Host The Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Rep. Robin Kelly (Ill.), chair...
The Truth is Inside Out rally, Stop the Insanity in Olympia rally/protest, Riot Control (BLM march/rally).
Bigger Than Me, Success Stories with Traci Harrell is about Achieving Racial Equity & Inclusion in Business…Education, Wealth and Health. The next session is Saturday, August 8th, 10:30 am to 12 noon (PST). Zoom registration required.
See the flyer below.
The Washington State Commission on African American Affairs' next public meeting is 7/24 from 3-5pm.
Join the Olympia City Council for a Hosted Panel Discussion on Racial Justice. BUILD's Chair, Megan Matthews will be presenting!
Blacks United in Leadership and Diversity (BUILD) invites you to our Virtual July General Membership Meeting on Thursday, July 16th from 9:00 to 12:00pm!
Now watch video of the meeting!
More information about upcoming meetings
Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Available to watch on TVW
Check out the flyer, see the preview below!
Capitol Security & Visitor Services (CSVS) continues to track and monitor a series of events (non-permitted) and other activity impacting Downtown Olympia and the Capitol Campus. Where possible, CSVS had been reaching out to all event organizers that wish to come on campus to hold an event or activity and inform them the event will be non-permitted and unauthorized due to the “Safe Start Washington” recovery plan.
Join BUILD for our July General Membership Meeting, 7/16, from 9am to noon!
A calendar invite is below!
Our blog includes but is not limited to events, insights, and highlights to augment basic education.