This year, Lines for Life celebrates Black History Month with a look at real experiences of being Black in America. In addition to looking at Black History, we need to look at Black present and Black future, not just this month, but every month and every day.
Through “February and Forever,” we’ll be showcasing influential people from Black History, sharing stories on what it’s like to be Black In America today, and highlighting the work and perspectives of our cultural advocates, staff, and partners.
We think it’s important to highlight this work because Black history happens every day, right here and now. We recognize the culture, history, and resilience of Black communities every month of the year.
What does it mean to be “Black”? Bretto Jackson invites you to consider the implications of labelling experience by an individual’s race.
Black History doesn’t end in February. Follow Lines for Life as we continue our work in cultural engagement and equity all year long, amplifying voices from communities of color along the way. [Read More…]
“We need to protect, uplift, and support Black mental health.” Get to know YouthLine’s Assistant Director of Education and Outreach as he shares his perspective on the importance of mental health conversations in Black communities. [Read More…]
When asked what it means to support our community, Derric Thompson said, “Just being available. I’m sharing resources, staying involved, volunteering, and making myself an essential worker.” Derric co-founded a youth mentorship program, Leaders Become Legends, that supports young Black men as they secure employment, get into stable housing, pursue education, heal their self-esteem, and work through experiences of trauma and relationship patterns that no longer serve them. [Read More…]