50 Actions Your Org Can Take After Posting About BLM

This list is intended to serve as a starting point for leaders contemplating where to go from here and for staff members who are advocating and case-making within their own organizations. It also serves as a reminder that words and written statements, shared internally or publicly, must be accompanied by substantive action and change.

We share this to help broaden the conversation as organizations think through what action to take. It is best used as a menu - pursuing the strategies that make sense for your people and context - rather than as a checklist to complete. 

We Can’t Disrupt White Supremacy and Anti-Blackness Without a Mirror

As we consider our historical treatment of members of the Black community in the US versus today, the realities are eerily similar. The common denominator is white supremacy and anti-Blackness. White supremacy and anti-Blackness are insidious in part because they have been deeply embedded within us over multiple generations of socialization. That means we won’t be able to truly dismantle or rebuild - as a nation and within our own organizations - unless a mirror is one of our primary tools. So, let’s each take a long hard look, breathing slowly and deeply, to interrogate our own upbringing, beliefs, fears, insecurities, comfort, privileges, leadership, and safety.

Stressful Times Highlight Painful Truths: A Progress Report on Brown v. Board

This month marks the 66th anniversary of one of the most significant cases in education and civil rights history: Brown v. Board of Education. In 1954, the Supreme Court ended our racist, Jim Crow separatism in favor of equality and access for all, establishing the on-paper precedent that racial segregation in the U.S public school system was unconstitutional. At Promise54, we take special note of the landmark decision that inspired our name as well as our work to support our clients and push ourselves to deliver on Brown v Board’s promise. Unfortunately, there is still plenty to do.