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Published 12/01/2020 | Reading Time 1 min 23 sec
By BWSTimes Staff
TULSA, Okla. — In September, the Black Voice for Black Justice Fund (BVBJ) launched in effort to support activists across the country who are working towards bending the arc of American justice towards one that’s anti-racist.
Photo of Dr. Tiffany Crutcher onstage Friday, June 19, 2020, in Greenwood/Black Wall Street (Tulsa, Oklahoma). Photo by Cory Young for The Black Wall Street Times.
Award-winning actress Kerry Washington, a co-chair of BVBJ, said, “The Black Voices for Black Justice Fund recognizes incredible leaders who have been on the frontlines working to dismantle the deep-rooted, racist systems that have plagued our country for centuries. Amplifying their voices and providing resources to these inspiring advocates is critical as we strive towards equity and racial justice in this country.”
BVBJ established a $10 million fund, allocating funds to 31 Black leaders across 15 states and Washington, D.C., whose missions focus on social justice initiatives.
Dr. Tiffany Crutcher, founder and executive director of the Terence Crutcher Foundation in Tulsa, was one of 31 deserving leaders selected — awarding the Greenwood trailblazer a $20,000 grant.
Upon receiving the gift, Dr. Crutcher said, “Coming off the four-year anniversary of my brother’s murder – as I continue to try to turn my pain into purpose, I am humbled to receive this award. The message from the fund is clear, unusual, and very welcome: You trust us as Black leaders to know how to make a difference! Almost a century after the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, our work is more urgent than ever, and this infusion of support means more than I can say to my entire community and to me.”
Dr. Crutcher paid it forward — donating ten $1000 unrestricted funding from the $20,000, to the following local community organizations:
- Joshua Harvey Foundation
- Joshua Barre Foundation
- T-Town Satin Dolls youth dance group
- Justice for Greenwood Foundation
- The Power Group
- Carver Women of Power Booster Club
- Black Lives Matter – OKC youth group
- African Ancestral Society
- Northside United Coalition of Clergy
- Not Forgotten Children Foundation
T-Town Satin Dolls youth dance group