Black-centered Organizations – Berkshires

Black Economic Council

Started in Spring 2020 with its Virtual Idea Jam. Stay tuned for the release of its website.

Bridge – Lee https://www.multiculturalbridge.org/

“Services include cultural​ literacy and cultural competence ​training; consulting, facilitation; youth leadership; multicultural education; parent engagement and education; civil rights and social justice forums and advocacy with diverse groups. We facilitate cultural competence programming in schools and institutions to promote equity and to educate on systemic racism and cultural barriers, and are designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a vendor in the Supplier Diversity Program in the spirit of the Affirmative Market Campaign.” 

Clinton Church Restoration – Great Barrington https://clintonchurchrestoration.org/

“Clinton Church Restoration (CCR) is restoring the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in downtown Great Barrington for adaptive reuse as an African American heritage site and cultural center dedicated to educating the public about the life and legacy of civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois and the Berkshires’ rich African American history.”

R.O.P.E https://ropeberkshires.org/

“The mission of ROPE is to celebrate and honor the entry of adolescent girls into womanhood and provide them with skills and knowledge that they need to be successful, independent and responsible women. It is designed to help participants discover their inner voice and support all components of personal development.”

Samuel Harrison House http://www.samuelharrison.org/

“It is the mission of the Samuel Harrison Society to restore and preserve Reverend Harrison’s homestead; use it as a place to teach the values embodied in his noble life, his enduring beliefs, his extraordinary writings; and to define a chapter in the story of us as a people by providing greater insight into African-American history.”

Sessions https://theberkshireedge.com/jerome-edgerton-jr-creating-a-wave-with-pittsfield-youth/

Life skills through sports and athletic training for boys and young men ages 13-18.

Women of Color Giving Circle https://www.facebook.com/wocgc1/

“to inspire and provide funding and education to women of color. We seek to build self-respect, self-reliance and resilience from girlhood until womanhood.”