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Kicking off Black History Month

Hello friends. I just wanted to share a quick note with you to kick off Black History Month here at EQCA. As a black lesbian, I know that it’s especially important for both the LGBT and African-American communities to honor and teach our histories—histories that so often get erased by time and prejudice.

EQCA is very pleased to present with the Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition a series of discussions I’ll be having throughout the month with African-American faith leaders. The first happened over the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with Rev. Dr. Amos Brown.

I’m also thrilled about the work happening in communities of color, including some very successful canvasses in South L.A. We’ve been partnering with groups like Courage Campaign, Equal Roots, Jordan / Rustin Coalition, Love Honor Cherish, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Stonewall Democrats, UTLA-GALIC and Vote for Equality, having conversations with folks about marriage, listening to what they have to say and finding out what it will take to open hearts and minds across the state.

I’m especially thrilled about the hiring of a new South L.A. community organizer for the Jordan/Rustin Coalition (JRC), Rodney Nickens Jr. He recently introduced himself on our blog, and I can tell he’s ready to hit the ground running. JRC was named for Barbara Jordan and Bayard Rustin, two ground-breaking African-American LGBT activists who paved the way for all the work we do today.

During Black History Month, let’s let the example of our past leaders inspire us to make history each and every day. History may be on our side, but there’s no time to spare.