Beyond Black History Month: Black-Led Nonprofits to Support and Poets to Read

As we arrive at the midway point of Black History Month we want to keep in mind that 2020 hit community groups, nonprofits, and artists especially hard.

The following list of black-led nonprofits contains links to websites and/or donation information.


If you’re looking to expand your poetry reading list, we’ve included a list of recommendations. 

Where possible a poet’s name links to available bios.

Websites are provided (if available).

And, if a poet currently has a book out, names link to purchase information. 


Care in Community 


Black Women Speak  Centers black women’s lives by cultivating a community with black women, giving voice to their experiences as a way to heal, find joy, and move towards liberation on their own terms. To Donate


Minnesota Healing Justice Network  Provides a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color). To Donate


Black Health Alliance Canada Community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada. To Donate


Justice Work


Black Visions Collective  We aim to center our work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop our organizations’ core ‘DNA’ to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.”


Campaign Zero Work entails “the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.”


The People’s Paper Co-op A social justice and entrepreneurial project that brings individuals with criminal records together to run a craft-based business. All of our products were designed and handmade by our co-op members. All profits go directly into the co-op to expand our co-op membership and help our members be the amazing artists, activists, educators, and neighbors they want to be. Participant of the yearly Mama’s Day Bail Out campaign the goal of which is to free black mothers and caregivers for Mother’s Day


Local Nonprofits, Consulting, and Community Groups


Black Women Connect  A collective of women who come together to inspire, empower, leverage strengths, and embrace diverse experiences.


Black Lives Matter Vancouver Working against police brutality and anti-blackness and uplifting black voices. 


Cicily Blain Consulting Diversity and inclusion consulting firm.


The Hogan’s Alley Society Advocates for Black Vancouverites who have endured the legacies of urban renewal and their erasure from the official historical narrative.


 Euphony Equity & Inclusion Works empowers compassionate and progressive leaders with tools to create and nurture equitable and inclusive cultures.


Poets to Add to Your Reading List


Paul Laurence Dunbar

Phillis Wheatley 

Langston Hughes 

Arna Bontemps 

Gwendolyn Brooks 

Maya Angelou 

Audre Lorde 

Frank X Walker 

Dana De Samedi

Jillian Christmas

Morgan Parker

Rabbit Richards

Yolanda Wisher 

princess mcdowell 

Olive Senior 

Yrsa Daley-Ward 

Tracy K Smith

Chelene Knight 

Saeed Jones 

Brandon Wint 

Titilope Sonuga 

Ian Keteku 

Sonya Littlejohn

Lillian Allen 

Rita Dove 

Kevin Young 

Nikki Giovanni 

Warsan Shire

Ariana Brown

Henry Dumas

Amanda Gorman

Scott Woods


*If there is a poet you want on this list please feel free to share