Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism
Points of Light partners with Morehouse College in this social justice initiative to fight systemic racism.
Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism is a Points of Light initiative in partnership with Morehouse College that is designed to empower businesses, nonprofits and individuals to use their influence to fight against systemic racism.
Join us and listen and learn from the racial equity movement experts, partner organizations, grassroots organizers and everyday people who have experienced racism and are fighting against injustice. Our goal is to help provide a forum in which people can begin difficult conversations about racism in a framework that will allow them to gain understanding and learn how to take action that is accessible and impactful in their local communities. As an ally, Points of Light will support in solidarity people of color by providing resources approved by leading experts that can advance their networks, capacity and professional development.
The success and growth of small business owners and entrepreneurs of color can transform individual lives and be an engine for building a more racially equitable economy and society. Data shows that Black women lead the surge in entrepreneurship gains and that investing in Black women can be a catalyst for economic growth and community development. At the intersection of sex and race discrimination, the barriers on the road to economic empowerment for Black women can be significant. On June 27, 2022, Points of Light joined Morehouse College for a conversation on the investments companies and organizations are making to support the economic empowerment of Black women, and how the right opportunities and ecosystems can mitigate the effects of these systemic obstacles.
Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States that continues to claim lives daily, and disproportionately in Black, Indigenous, and other Communities of Color (BIPOC). On June 10, Points of Light and Morehouse College led a special Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism session that brought together leaders who shared the realities of gun violence across America and explored the needs of communities impacted by these tragedies--especially BIPOC communities. The panelists examined the roles of systemic racism and implicit bias in sparking this epidemic and shared what we can all do to support our communities and take action to end gun violence.
There is a civic empowerment gap that exists in America that profoundly impacts the engagement of citizens who identify as BIPOC. Research has shown repeatedly that there can be transformative experiences within a person’s life that support the development of a strong and secure civic mindset and increases the likelihood for someone to value and participate in volunteerism, service and other forms of civic action. Points of Light and Morehouse College led a conversation on April 20 that explored how family, school and places of work play a role in cultivating our civic attitudes and behaviors, influencing us either toward or away from a life of civic engagement.
Beyond athletics, participation in sports builds character, teaches strategic thinking, leadership skills and offers opportunities to take risks and build resiliency. On March 24, 2022, Points of Light and Morehouse College led a conversation that explored race equity in sports from little league to college to the Olympics. Our speakers discussed access, representation and the power of voice, and attendees learned about the actions that colleges, corporations and athletes are taking to change the game and how they can be involved in breaking barriers.
Points of Light values inclusivity, diversity and equality, and we stand with people who are taking action for a more just and equitable world. We believe systemic racism is a threat to democracy, culture, and to the people impacted by the injustices and inequities it creates. Now more than ever before, people are ready to dismantle racism and the systems that perpetuate it but often don’t know where to start. We believe every action matters, and that civic engagement takes many forms and is critical to advancing causes that improve society for everyone.
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