Black History Month 2021 Social Events and Fundraisers
This month EverBlack supported the communities by promoting black owned restaurants and held EQ social events... a movie night and a trivia night. To help the Boston Area, EverBlack also successfully ran a fundraiser.
Haley House Fundraiser
During Black History Month (BHM) EverBlack will be having a fundraiser for a Boston area organization which has a positive impact on those that are less fortunate in the community. The organization EverBlack will be fundraising for is Haley House (http://haleyhouse.org/). We exceeded our fundraising goal of $10K to just over $27K!
Local in focus and based in personal relationships, Haley House has grown organically in response to the harsh realities of social inequality and injustice since 1966. They remain committed to the important work of nurturing a community which inspires and supports lasting personal and societal transformation. Never abandoning their deep roots as a house of hospitality, Haley House today addresses basic human needs through five interconnected branches (Direct Services, Housing, Urban Farming, Education and Training, Social Enterprise).
During the pandemic, many of their programs (art, cultural and education) have been temporarily put on hold. For now they still offer monthly poetry series. Below are a few key programs that are on hold (hopefully to start back up this year).
- Transitional Employment Program (TEP): Temporary employment coupled with individualized job-training and job-placement assistance for returning citizens (25 year program currently focused on people coming out of prison). The key skills being taught are...
- Financial Literacy
- Computer Literacy (Partnered with Tech Goes Home)
- Life Skills Training
- Take Back the Kitchen (TBK): A program teaching health, nutrition, and culinary arts to over 400 young people each year (15 year program geared towards middle school students).
On February 12th, EverBlack hosted a movie night on the same day the film, “Judas and the Black Messiah” was released. This film was a great watch, rich in substance, informative and entertaining. It told the story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, from the perspective of FBI informant William O’Neal. There were so many impactful scenes, great cinematography, details, and nuances. So much that many people stayed after the film was over to share their thoughts and unpack their favorite moments. For many, this was a very fulfilling event. Great film and an amazing time with friends and colleagues.
How well do you know Black history? That’s the question that each round of EverBlack trivia night looked to answer. Those who attended the event on February 26th sought to provide those answers. The event lasted about two hours and consisted of 6 rounds – music, movies, TV shows, sports, literature, and history. Although we came together via Zoom the humor and banter you would expect to experience in person was still present. Overall, it seems that everyone who participated had a great time and spoke of how they would like to do another trivia night, which hopefully will happen!
Supporting Black Owned Restaurants
During Black History Month (BHM) EverBlack is focusing on supporting black owned businesses. In this effort we featured a few restaurants in the Boston/Cambridge area and encouraged others to visit black owned restaurants in their area.
Thanks to all who participated!
Wondering what's the best thing to order at this evening go-to? Users love the applewood smoked wings, which is one of the most popular items on the menu, as well as the bred classic and the hamburger, which are two of the items most commonly ordered together. BRED is located at 2255 Dorchester Ave Boston, MA 02124 or call 617-698-0103.
Petsi Pies is an indie bakery and coffee bar serving up the best handmade pies and pastries in all of Massachusetts since 2003!
At Petsi Pies, we bake everything fresh daily using only all natural ingredients and no fillers or mixes of any kind. We offer a delicious variety of fresh goods baked on site and prepared fresh daily. We have sweet pies ranging from sweet potato to key lime, and savory pies including chicken pot pie and bacon leek and gruyere. We also carry smaller treats, like our famous scones, muffins, cookies, and cupcakes!
Visit Petsi Pies at 285 Beacon Street Somerville. MA 02143 or call 617-661-7437.
Rhythm n Wraps
Rhythm ‘n Wraps’ culinary vibe is committed to offering nutritious, full flavored, off the chart bangers that leave your mouth dancing and taste buds on standing ovation. Whether you’re a curious omnivore, a plant powered plantie, a gangster rap enthusiast or Bob Marley sage, Rhythm ‘n Wraps has the flavors you crave. Visit Rhythm ‘n Wraps is located at 1096 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02134 or call (617) 566-4144.