As we continue our Celebrating Black History Month series, brought to you by Samtec and MAC Construction, we’ve shared our original content but are also using this space to highlight people, projects and institutions that have made commitments to amplify Black voices and Black history, too. The UnKnown Project will be known on a global level but right now needs grassroots help via donations and awareness. It may be located on the other side of the Ohio, but it’s for us all. Consider learning more by following the shared page, visiting the website below, and/or making a monetary contribution. #extolexcellenceBHM
Thanks to Samtec and MAC Construction, we’ve been celebrating Black History Month each day in February. While we will continue amplifying Black voices in the coming days — and beyond — today we highlight a Louisville-based organization that also serves the Southern Indiana community in myriad ways. Louisville Public Media has dedicated reporters committed to telling the stories of SoIN, and makes its programming and podcasts available on numerous platforms. We encourage you to support LPM’s mission and excellence by tuning in and considering a donation. #extolexcellenceBHM
STORYBOOK SUNDAY | It’s story time! Join us each each week for another read aloud, this time with Angie Fenton, featuring “The Serious Goose,” written and illustrated by Jimmy Kimmel. Go on — have a little laugh before bedtime. #StorybookSunday
We’re loving the response we’re getting from our Celebrating Black History Month series, brought to you by Samtec and MAC Construction, and will continue sharing SoIN content. But tonight, we want to highlight the magic Facebook is creating and sharing daily. This is just one of many beautiful portraits and features of Black history makers of today.
“Portrait of Yelitsa” by Sablā S. & Sabrina C.As the CEO and founder of Healthy Roots Dolls, Yelitsa J.C. is writing Black History by bringing curl power to the toy aisle and inspiring the next generation to embrace their Black Girl Magic every day.“In undergrad, I did research about the impact that toys have on children’s self-esteem,” says Yelitsa J.C. She saw a gap in the market, and that’s when the idea for Healthy Roots Dolls was born. “I wanted to create a line of dolls that focused on teaching girls to love their natural hair with different skin tones, facial features and hair textures.”The first prototype, Zoey, was about more than just painting a doll brown. Zoey teaches young children how to love their curls through the process of play. Now on her Facebook page, Yelitsa J.C. shares the joy that Healthy Roots Dolls has sparked across her community daily. “For you to give a little Black girl a doll with kinky, curly hair, just like hers, now she can truly explore and see a world of styles that she might have not believed could be for her,” says Yelitsa J.C. “To show children the art of their hair and the narrative they can tell, it’s incredibly powerful.”Discover more about Black Girl Magic at https://about.fb.com/community.
Pastor Tony Toran has been a cherished member of the Southern Indiana community for decades. Among the many hats he wears is his integral role at New Albany Housing Authority. But, it wasn’t until he spoke with us that we learned just how his family has made important history right here. Take a look — and listen — to Tony in this episode of Celebrating Black History Month, brought to you by Samtec and MAC Construction. #extolexcellenceBHM
SISTER to SISTER | In this episode of our Celebrating Black History Month series, brought to you by Samtec and MAC Construction, Extol’s Angie Fenton has a conversation with her sister Dr. Jennifer Fisch Ferguson about what it was like to grow up in a rural Michigan town with a white, single mother and a multiracial family. #extolexcellenceBHM
New Albany’s Town Clock Church has garnered international attention and for good reason: It’s an integral part of Southern Indiana history. In this episode of Celebrating Black History Month, brought to you by Samtec and MAC Construction, Jermaine Fowler shares a bit of the story of this important institution. #extolexcellenceBHM