May 2020

BLAC May 2020

BLAC is back and all digital again in May! Amid the constant doom and gloom, local COVID-19 survivors share their stories (Page 18). And we answer the – rhetorical? – question about why this virus has been so ruthless to the Black community. Spoiler alert: because racism (Page 22). We marvel at the practical splashed with spiritual cocktail that is “mother wit” (Page 14), peek inside a few new reads from Black women authors (Page 11), shout out the groups working hard during this crisis (Page 10), plus much more! #BLACdetroit


Local COVID-19 Survivors Share Their Stories

These Detroiters contracted the novel coronavirus and got sick, but they’re still standing strong – and sharing their stories.

It’s No Surprise that COVID-19 Hit Black America Hardest

Disparities exist all through Black America that we can blame for why COVID-19 has its foot so aggressively on our necks.
Pure Heart Foundation

Sherelle Hogan, Founder and CEO, Pure Heart Foundation

As a child, both of this millennial’s parents were imprisoned. Now grown, she’s created an organization that provides children of the incarcerated with essential resources meant to break the cycle of generational incarceration.

These Orgs are Helping the Community During Coronavirus

Get involved with these local organizations and nonprofits that are working for the community during this crisis.
New Books

New Reads from Black Women Authors

Cozy up with one of these books penned by Black women authors, including one Michigander.
natural hair

I Hated My Curls … Until I had a Child with Hair Like Mine

How one woman’s daughter taught her to love her natural hair.
mother wit

Black Women: Holding Families Down for Generations with Chewing Gum and Mother Wit

Passed down from our ancient foremothers, “mother wit” is where practicality meets spirituality.
Detroit Area on Agency

Caring for the Community in Uncertain Times

The Detroit Area Agency on Aging is dedicated to supporting seniors and those with disabilities as we continue to deal with COVID-19.