T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – August 31, 2020

August 31, 2020

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in Action

Today, in the United States, there are approximately 2.6 million Black-owned businesses—a number has risen by more than 30 percent in the past decade. Click here to visit the T.D. Jakes Foundation’s helpful resource guide to help those looking for ways to support Black-owned businesses.

Need additional resources around STEAM? The T.D. Jakes Foundation has compiled a list of STEAM resources for the arts, coding, and engineering and even resources specifically for kids and teachers. Check out our STEAM resources here.

Digital Divide

Dallas ranks among the worst connected cities of its size, with 42% of households lacking access to high-speed internet and many households lacking internet access altogether. To continue to combat the digital divide, Dallas officials have allotted $500,000 to add 2,100 hot spot devices available for checkout at libraries across Dallas. Find additional connectivity resources via Dallas Morning News.

To further bridge the digital divide, Dallas officials have formed “The Internet for All” coalition, which is made up of more than 40 community leaders. It is the coalition’s goal to ensure all students have reliable internet connection. Their “Get Connected” campaign allows families to simply call or text ‘Connect’ to 972-925-6000 and a representative from their school district will contact them within 7 days to arrange the best internet access solution available. For more information visit Dallas ISD News Hub.

Valuing Black Lives

The nation’s capital saw thousands gather last Friday to continue the fight for racial equality. On the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, tens of thousands of people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for the Commitment March, which featured speeches from prominent activists and leaders, including Martin Luther King III, who assured the crowd that the civil rights struggle is far from over and encouraged protesters to become the change they want to see. Visit NPR for more valuable insight from other Commitment March speakers.

Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and many others of the N.B.A., WNBA, and other sports staged a walkout to highlight the demand for racial justice. These walkouts were unlike any other in the sports world and demanded a call to action for athletes to stay home and work within their communities for change. Although NBA players voted to return to the court, this walkout undoubtedly set the bar for protests to come. Visit The New York Times to hear from athletes on the pressing issue.

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps will become the first Black woman to join an international space station crew on the first operational flight of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. Upon completion of the mission, Epps will become the first Black woman to both live and work in space for an extended period time. For more information on Epps and her outstanding work within her STEAM field visit CNBC Make It.

Make Your Vote Count

With less than 70 days before the 2020 election, voters should start thinking about how they plan to cast their ballots. In order to follow best practices regarding COVID-19, those with underlying conditions and other circumstances may find it in their best interest to vote by mail. Visit WIRED to get more information on how and when you can vote by mail.

Hurricane Relief

One of the strongest storms Louisiana has ever seen made landfall last week, devastating many in its path. For those suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 900 trained disaster workers to support relief efforts on the ground or virtually. Visit The American Red Cross for more information on resources and relief efforts.

Together, we can and will get through this.

 

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