How did this begin?
Black Humboldt began in April 2018 by visionary Dionna Fletcher and co-founded by Mo Desir as a response to Humboldt County's social climate and injustices, the overwhelming whiteness (or buzzphrase "lack of diversity"), and safe black spaces. Dionna wanted to provide a platform for all black and brown bodies who shared similar needs and interests while existing in Humboldt. Black Humboldt seeks to promote existing black businesses, professionals and organizations, support black navigation and to help unify people of color. It all started as a social media platform to gauge what the 1.5% black population could look like and a future vision for creating events, workshops, and forums. Black Humboldt hopes to provide a space where people can see a positive and beautiful reflection of themselves. In the summer of 2019 Black Humboldt was chosen to be A DreamMaker Project of the Ink People in Eureka CA.
Mission: To enlighten, empower, and entertain our black community through events made FOR US and BY US.
Vision: Focus on positive stories from the black and brown community, invest in black businesses, arts and culture. Build community awareness of issues affecting Humboldt County residents. Create strong and visible space within the community for the acceptance of black presence and educate non-POC communities.
1. Create, maintain and sustain black economic empowerment in Humboldt County.
2. Create, maintain and sustain safe spaces for black bodies in Humboldt County.
3. Educate, liberate and empower black community in Humboldt County.
4. Educate non-POC groups within Humboldt county on race relations, inclusion and alliship.