GALA OVERVIEW

November 13, 2020

Starts at 7:00 pm EST 

Welcome!

Friday, November 13, 2020 will be an evening of celebration. This year we are inviting our supporters on a virtual tour into the many racial justice programs CCI has fostered locally and regionally. Come see your friends and hear about our new Racial Healing Project or order a drink from our online bartenders. See you there!

We honor the courage and persistence of ordinary people doing extraordinary anti-racism work to confront our nation’s racial history. In this entertaining and interactive event we will be inviting our supporters on a virtual tour into the many racial justice programs CCI has fostered locally and regionally.

Why we need your support in 2020

For more than 50 years, we have depended almost exclusively on donations from individuals. We know that the funding world tends to be led and directed by established rules of whiteness. For example, most grant funders require measurable outcomes tracking numbers rather than qualitative indicators of success.


We recognize how traditional funding has been wrapped in a history of white supremacy, but we also know that reaching out and building relationships -- authentic partnerships -- with established businesses and funding organizations is now a vital part of our work on “the white problem” of racism.


For the past five years Shay Stewart-Bouley, our first black executive director, has led CCI in insisting white people go way beyond merely “getting woke” and find a way to risk their privilege in joining others to move the dial on racism. As the anti-racist UpRising grows stronger we need your partnership and investment to fully support and hopefully grow our staff and programs so we can continue to play our essential part in this movement.
We are hopeful that you will recognize the value of our decades-long efforts, our current work, and our future plans. Work that directly calls on white people to step up, learn something and take action in accountable relationships with black and brown communities is not easy work to fund. We invite and welcome your partnership.

 

About Community Change Inc.

 

Founded in 1968 by Horace Seldon

Seldon already was involved in local activism before 1968, but his work at Community Change began amid some of the ugliest racism in Boston’s history. A year prior to CCI’s founding, black mothers in Roxbury staged a sit-in at a welfare office to protest their unfair treatment that sparked riots in the neighborhood and years of racial tension. And those brave women opened the door for Seldon and CCI to join what would become the fight for desegregation in Boston Public Schools.

“The desegregational struggle became one in which Community Change became involved with many other local non-profit organizations, meeting regularly with city-wide coalitions which monitored the efforts which culminated in the 1974 court desegregation decision,”

“As one of the smaller organizations in the coalitions we could not claim a major impact, but for me it was an important ‘school’ for observing and learning about institutional racism.” 

- Horace Seldon

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PROGRAM

6:30pm - 7:00pm

Gala Networking & CCI Virtual Studios 

Experience how CCI connects you to the Movement

White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk to Action

Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group: Practicing a Supportive Group Culture

Racial Healing Project Room: We Need All of Us to Get There

SURJB Room: Get Involved with Showing Up for Racial Justice Boston

Moving In, Out and With: Accessing Joy, Grief, Vitality and Breath in the Body
CCI Mixologists Room: Our Bartender's Create Drinks for What You Crave

The UpRising Studio: Feel the Spirit of the Movement in Spoken Word and Song

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Main Event:  Program & Drylongso Awards Celebration

Guest Speaker -  Dr. Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder, All Aces, Inc

2020 Drylongso Celebration Honoree - Susan Naimark, CCI Board Chair

8:00pm - 8:30pm

Gala Networking & CCI Virtual Studios Continued

Experience how CCI connects you to the Movement

White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk to Action

Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group: Practicing a Supportive Group Culture

Racial Healing Project Room: We Need All of Us to Get There

SURJB Room: Get Involved with Showing Up for Racial Justice Boston

Moving In, Out and With: Accessing Joy, Grief, Vitality and Breath in the Body
CCI Mixologists Room: Our Bartender's Create Drinks for What You Crave

The UpRising Studio: Feel the Spirit of the Movement in Spoken Word and Song

CCI Studios

 

Our guests will be invited to explore eight unique and energetic virtual spaces designed to educate, inform, and illuminate CCI’s rich history, current work, and visions for the movement.

White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk to Action

Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group: Practicing a Supportive Group Culture

Racial Healing Project Room: We Need All of Us to Get There

SURJB Room: Get Involved with Showing Up for Racial Justice Boston

Moving In, Out and With: Accessing Joy, Grief, Vitality and Breath in the Body
CCI Mixologists Room: Our Bartender's Create Drinks for What You Crave

The UpRising Studio: Feel the Spirit of the Movement in Spoken Word and Song

 

Virtual Access

We will share a tutorial with all gala guests with simple and easy instructions on how to best navigate the Virtual Gala experience.

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