A pillar of Robert F. Smith’s philanthropy, the preservation of Black history, is crucial for continuing the fight for racial equality and achieving a better tomorrow for all Americans.
We should work to better understand the sacrifices made by prior generations and the important roles African Americans have had in the history of the U.S. By doing that work, we can better discuss the complex story of how we have gotten to where we are today in order to create solutions for the problems of today and tomorrow.
Smith has made numerous efforts to preserve Black history for the educational opportunities and impact that it can have on future generations, including supporting the purchase of Martin Luther King Jr.’s homes in Atlanta, through his position of founding director and President at Fund II Foundation.
A five-time Webby Award-winning digital video podcast series, Black History in Two Minutes (or so) brings short stories of African American history to audiences of all ages.
This episode highlights the first Black public school, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, and educators that helped students in the Jim Crow U.S. get the most out of their education before desegregation.
This episode explores the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and members of this groundbreaking group, including Charles Diggs Jr., the first Black person from Michigan elected to the House of Representatives. Further discussed is the resistance the caucus initially faced after its inception.