It’s challenging to make peace with recent events that demonstrate the racial and social injustice in America. The lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Mike Ramos, and many more were taken by police officers. Our fight for justice and equality is a battle that seemed never ending, though now voices are amplified, globally.
The Black community has pioneered the culture of America and abroad through music, food, film, fashion, and various inventions, but as an ethnic group we are negatively stereotyped and often placed at the bottom of the social ladder. As a Black Man, I’m grateful for organizations such as Black Lives Matter, the NAACP, and Austin Justice Coalition that advocate for equality and campaign against violence and systemic racism toward black people.
Our country was formed to be indivisible with liberty and justice for all, though was completely split between Black and White until the 1960’s. African-Americans and Blacks have overcome not being able to sit at the front of a bus, having to drink water from a fountain for Blacks only, entering and exiting a public establishment through a “Blacks Only” doorway, and living in poorly developed neighborhoods designed specifically as a Black community.
Blacks, African-Americans, and people of color have come a long way, though we need your help to truly influence change. To be a part of the solution:
- Get informed by educating yourself on police violence and anti-racism in America.
- Lend your support to encourage reform.
- Connect with local or national organizations that are on the front lines of social justice.
- Talk with your peers and family members about current issues—the conversation might be uncomfortable, but it is necessary to spread awareness.
Amplify your voice, get involved, and let’s work together to end social and racial injustice and inequality for all.
To learn more, please explore the resources below.
- The Austin Justice Coalition (AJC)
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Black Lives Matter
Meet Patrick Sims Jr., Patrick holds a wealth of experience in event planning and management. Since 2015, he’s worked to bring a level of knowledge, insight, and creativity to the event space in Austin, TX. Patrick founded event production firm Party Peuple in 2018 and has since produced and hosted events such as the American Advertising Awards, and the E4 Youth Showcase & Awards. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Marketing, from Texas Southern University. Patrick is an active member of YMBL Young Men’s Business League of Austin and is known for his abilities to create innovative social and fundraising events that bring people together for a great cause and experience. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Austin Emerge class of 2019.