This is a pivotal time in our nation’s history. The attention of our nation has widened from the COVID-19 pandemic to a more sinister infection, that of systemic racism, injustice, and brutality against black people in America. And while the stories, images, and pain have become omnipresent over the last several weeks, we know that this is no new issue—it has endured for as long as this country.
There is great hope in the bravery and endurance of a long overdue collective outrage. The dedicated efforts of protesters and organizations like Black Lives Matter, NAACP, Campaign Zero and myriad others are moving these vitally important and painful realities into the public consciousness in a way that feels unlike any other time in recent history.
We are so grateful to be a part of some of the most prestigious multicultural awards in the world. From creating trophies for NAACP Image Awards to the BET, the American Black Film Festivals and the Stellar Gospel Awards to the National Society of Black Engineers, we see and etch the names of many of the world’s most influential people.
Hardly any gesture could feel sufficient in the face of so important a movement. There is a lot of work to do yet. We are starting with a donation to the NAACP. Additionally, our annual scholarship program will reopen in the Fall and will, with the help of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau, be awarded to three black students preparing for careers in the arts.