Commitment to Anti-Racism
Leona Tate, Founder & Executive Director
I believe 2020 will be remembered as the year that, finally, anti-racist work became recognized as essential in the United States. Addressing the damaging institutional practice of omitting and erasing Black names, voices, and perspectives had created a culture in which killing us was commonplace and okay.
Museums and historic sites’ roles in this omission is significant. Though some serve as vital community centers, many were founded and continue to be funded by the white and wealthy, with the wealth derived from a history of slavery, colonialism, exploitation, and violence.
Alembic Community Development generates investment in underserved neighborhoods through real estate development and organizational capacity building. In all of their work, they seek to participate in the development of thriving, sustainable communities.
People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) believes that racism is the primary barrier preventing communities from building effective coalitions and overcoming institutionalized oppression and inequities. PISAB offers nationwide transformational workshops. Through the Undoing Racism® Workshops/Community Organizing Workshops, technical assistance and consultations, People’s Institute assists individuals, communities, organizations and institutions to move beyond addressing the symptoms of racism to actually undoing the causes of racism in effort to create a more just and equitable society.
Founded in 1980, by long-time community organizers Ronald Chisom of New Orleans and Dr. Jim Dunn of Ohio, People’s Institute has impacted the lives of nearly 2 million people and 20,000 organizations both nationally and internationally. The process developed and shared by PISAB’s founders supports a cadre of anti-racist organizers who build leadership and accountability in communities for which PISAB assist in organizing. PISAB has been acknowledged and credited as having the most effective anti-racist analysis for organizing communities and building upon and/or improving critical thinking for inclusivity. Today, People’s Institute is recognized as one of the foremost anti-racism training and organizing institutions in the nation.
Our vision at Beloved Community is The Beloved Community. Dr. King defined the beloved community as “a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth - a world where racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry, and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.” We strive towards our vision by building sustainable change. We actualize this by supporting regions to further their collaborative journey for racial and economic equity, and by centering our most marginalized populations as we advance towards the beloved community. When are centering love for humanity. Love as accountability. Love as justice. Love as community. Love as belonging.
The Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum was founded with the mission to promote community empowerment through remembering the past, sharing stories of the present, and planning for the future. Co-founded in 2011 by Dr. Caroline Heldman and Ian Breckenridge-Jackson and managed by the Leona Tate Foundation for Change since 2017, the museum exhibits have been relocated to the Tate, Etienne, and Prevost Center.