Perspectives

We can stand with our brothers and sisters in their fights for liberation, because our fights are intertwined. In the words uttered by numerous civil rights giants over the years, “None of us are free until all of us are free.”

March 28, 2017

At the risk of stirring up controversy, I am going to strongly, vehemently challenge the very premise of this Metropolitan Planning Council report. The problem, from my view, is NOT necessarily segregation, and our focus on segregation distracts from where we should focus our energies. 

November 23, 2016

The philanthropic sector has an inherent mission to promote fairness, equity, and justice. Our national election’s protracted and tormenting focus on our differences, and the challenging outcome and implications of this contest have made an indelible and troubling impact on hearts and minds.  While we intuitively know that we are stronger together, we live and work in a deeply divided nation.  November 8, 2016 ushered in a potent mandate for philanthropy’s renewed commitment to and unceasing act...

September 16, 2016

Published in the Chicago Tribune

Sadly the wonderful photo in Thursday’s Perspective section showcasing London's racial and ethnic diversity on public transit could not be replicated in Chicago. Often characterized as the most segregated U.S. city, our trains and buses follow a different pattern. As they travel from communities of color to white neighborhoods, it is fascinating, yet painful, to watch one racial group gradually exit, as another one climbs aboard until the pattern of transit segreg...

September 12, 2016

Posted to the Equals Change Blog

I was a sophomore in college when I first encountered the writing of James Baldwin. His courageous spirit, his clarion voice, and his moral imagination expanded my consciousness of what it meant to be black in America. It helped me make sense of my own experience growing up in the rural South during the 1960s.

This past year, as I have traveled across the country and around the world, Baldwin's clear-eyed understanding of our human frailties—as well as our potentia...

August 22, 2016

We focus on the money too much.

At least, that's true when we're talking about philanthropy and what it means for us and for our communities. In examining the needs of African-American organizations and communities, however, we must dig deeper when defining both the resources needed and those we can offer. We agree that these communities need hard dollars to create true equity on a host of indicators. But they also need our time and our talent.

August is Black Philanthropy Month, and we want to us...

Published on Medium's Invested Impact

“Black anger has often stoked the flames of progress in this country. Philanthropy, however it manifests itself — a national institution, a small family foundation, or individual donors with or without significant wealth — would be well served to embrace it.”

“To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious, is to be in a rage almost all the time. So the first part of the problem is how to control the rage so that it won’t destroy you. Part of the...

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