by E. Johnson Cooper
We are featured in The Washington Post! Yes! This happened.
As anxious guests arrived at the National Headquarters of the Nation Council of Negro Women last Thursday to define what we see as philanthropy, I had no idea the night would turn out the way it did. From panelist Rita Lassiter’s passionate plea for us to use our time wisely to panelist Stefanie’ Brown- James’ hard and fast, “Get Right. Get Tight. Get Going” to panelist Kezia Williams’ eye-opening blacks in philanthropy factoids, there was no doubt what the people in the room where there to do: change lives.
But no great panel discussion leaves its audience without something to debate.
At Defining Young Black Philanthropy: DC, it was accountability. How accountable are we being to ourselves as black millennials and to our communities? Started by an anecdote delivered by panelist Dr. Clarence Wardell, III on Micheal Jordan and his civic responsibility around his Jordan branded shoes, audience members and twitter erupted with their two cents. “Too often we focus in philanthropy but forget to follow through on accountability,” added Brown-James. @Dan_N_RealLife tweeted this comment from an audience member: “Micheal Jordan is a great Basketball player but is he a great citizen?” Even my mama jumped in the convo to take us to task. Over all, “by the end of the night, a consensus developed that all African Americans need to do more to hold one another accountable for how they give their time and money,” Vanessa Small, Washington Post.
Word on the street is even after the program, folks were still talking about Defining Young Black Philanthropy on text and gchat! Surely the hashtag #DefiningYBPDC was on fire! Our magnificent moderator, David Johns kept the party going on twitter with is recount and praises of the program: RT @MrDavidJohns: RT’ing last nights convo has me fired up & ready to give again @EJCThatsMe @FriendsofEbonie #TeachTheBabies #DefiningYBPDC
Friends of Ebonie is “…on a crusade to debunk stereotypes about philanthropy while also rallying the African American community to become better givers.”- The Washington Post.
We’ve come a long way from a small personal blog I started to talk about giving back to my friends. The mission to equip black and brown millennials with the tools, resources and access to be great civic leaders is happening and I could not be prouder or myself, my team and of course, of you!
The best tweet to express what happened Thursday night comes from our #DefiningYBPDC host committee member, Darla Bunting: @DarlaBunting: You ignited something in all of us to do more last night!! #recommitted #upforthechallenge #giveback @FriendsofEbonie
Read the entire Washington Post Article: African American Millennials Seek to Define ‘Young, Black Philanthropy
Check out pictures from Defining Young Black Philanthropy DC | Photos by: JK Dowd Media
- Moderator: David Johns, Director of IMPACT & Principal, IMPACT Strategy Group
- Stefanie Brown-James, CEO of Vestige Strategies & Former National African American Vote Director, Obama for America 2012
- Rita Lassiter, Secretary of the National Urban League Young Professionals
- Kezia Williams, Chair of Capital Cause
- Clarence Wardell, III, Ph.D., Co-Founder of Tweenate & Research Analyst for CNA
- Joshua Lopez, Political Adviser and Former At-Large City Council Candidate
Thank you to our wonderful host committee: