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Local Black Heroes Round-Up 2022


Throughout Black History Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrated local Black heroes and Black-owned businesses and organizations.

Black History Month is only celebrated in February, but Black History is being made every day. Every month is Black History Month. As a result, Big Brothers Big Sisters highlights local Black heroes year round.


There are many Local Black Heroes here in Southwest Michigan. We had the honor of highlighting some who have made a deeply positive impact:

These Local Black Heroes are the tip of the iceberg in Southwest Michigan. Their impact on our community makes a difference every single day. Their influence and presence make our community a better place.


Additionally, Big Brothers Big Sisters recognized some locally and nationally Black-founded organizations:

  • Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, a national museum “devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history.
  • Black Lives Matter, founded in 2013 following the untimely murder of Trayvon Martin. They stand to “organize and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”
  • Mothers of Hope, who ensures “that our neighborhoods are well educated and equipped with all the knowledge and resources available to guarantee a better quality of life for all people here in Kalamazoo.”
  • Rootead, a local enrichment center that offers “healing arts and birth work programs that are diverse, inclusive, anti-racist, and trauma-informed.”

It is an honor to highlight local Black heroes every month. Click here to sign up for our e-newsletter and get updates in your inbox.