Yelp Los Angeles Community Director, Helina Medhin has compiled this Collection as a starting point for solidarity, education and allyship. Read on for ideas on how to support local establishments (virtually and in real life) across the country while championing social change.
From fighting a global pandemic, practicing social distancing, and adjusting to new normals––2020 has been stressful. And just when we thought we figured out how to adapt, a bright light was shed on another long standing pandemic: systemic racism. This phenomenon is nothing new. From the enslavement of millions, to the recent past of segregation, to today’s pressing issues of police brutality, mass incarceration, healthcare disparities, voter suppression, inequalities in education and job access, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin in the fight for equality for Black lives in America.
We here at Yelp have laid the groundwork for change. We have donated to important causes and made a renewed, conscious effort to support deserving and all-too-often unrepresented Black-owned businesses across the country. While the protests have begun to die down and life has gradually begun to get back to normal, there are still plenty of ways to demonstrate allyship and connect with our rich, diverse communities in meaningful ways. But first: what exactly is allyship? It’s an ongoing commitment to educating oneself to understanding and building relationships with marginalized communities.
In spite of a painful past, Black America is filled with a rich culture, marked by monumental achievements, and boasts a remarkable history. Educating ourselves about this, having meaningful conversations with family and friends, and intentionally interacting with diverse groups are just a few ways one can continue the lifelong journey of being an ally.
Please enjoy these important Collection highlights below.
Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta, GA)
The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration (Montgomery, AL)
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Birmingham, AL)
National Museum of African American History and Culture