Welcome Message from Angela Ferrell-Zabala
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: A Legacy of Black Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy
Throughout history, Black Americans have made significant contributions to our country—whether it’s impacting elections or influencing the culture. Even while others try to erase these efforts, from generation to generation, Black communities maintain a long legacy of always helping to lead this country forward.
That’s why Everytown for Gun Safety is committed to making sure we amplify and partner with the Black leaders who have helped shape and grow the Gun Violence Prevention Movement.
The GVP Movement has made huge strides, particularly over the past 15 years. This is in large part thanks to the Black advocates who have been doing the work across movements for decades, as well as young Black leaders who are stepping up to protect our futures. These dynamic voices come from different sectors of life: Public office, arts and culture, business, and faith. Their collective efforts have helped to make our country safer—not just now, but for generations to come.
This Black History Month, Everytown is excited to engage new and seasoned Black advocates in the GVP Movement and in cross movements.
Be sure to check out Everytown’s Black History Month web page and social media channels throughout the entire month of February!
Angela Ferrell-Zabala, executive director of Moms Demand Action
Throughout Black History Month, Everytown is amplifying the voices of Black advocates across the country to talk about why they joined the gun violence prevention movement, and what gives them hope in this space. Check this page throughout the month to read stories from yesterday, today, and tomorrow’s gun violence prevention leaders.
Moms Demand Action Volunteers
Not One More: A Promise and Commitment to Stop the Cycle of Gun Violence
I Advocate for Gun Violence Prevention Because Doing Nothing Isn’t an Option
The Gun Violence Prevention Efforts of Black Communities Create Effective Change for Everyone
We Must Continue to Raise Our Voices Against Senseless Gun Violence
Everytown Survivor Network Grantees
Everytown Support Fund Domestic Violence Grantees
Everytown Community Safety Fund Grantees
Black History Month Healing Circle
We gathered on February 22, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time via Zoom for our Black History Month Healing Circle. We centered the conversation on “Resilience at a Cost” as we continue to fight toward equity and justice. In this space, we talked about how we are taking care of ourselves and each other. We also talked about how the impact of trauma affects Black people and how our allies can support Black people in this healing process in a meaningful way. This event was open to all.
Black History Month Students Summit
Students Demand Action is proud to present a dynamic Black History Month summit via Zoom on February 29th at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT. Join us for an inspiring exploration of pathways to leadership as young advocates in the gun violence prevention movement. Immerse yourself in the stories of students who are currently navigating the journey toward becoming influential organizers and leaders.
This virtual summit will feature powerful insights from student voices who are actively shaping the movement, learning to leverage their personal narratives to drive meaningful change. Additionally, seasoned activists who have dedicated considerable time to the cause will share their experiences and be ready to pass the baton to the next generation of leaders.
Beyond the Lens: A Participatory Photovoice Initiative by Young Black Leaders Inspired by Afrofuturism
Everytown’s first photovoice project for Black History Month aims to bring Black youth together to learn about photovoice as a tool that blends photography and storytelling to help them envision a future where Black individuals thrive in safe and vibrant neighborhoods. This year’s project is inspired by Afrofuturism, a lens that offers to transcend existing limitations and which includes imagining and reimagining endless possibilities.
Black survivors, Moms Demand Action volunteers, and Everytown staff reflect on what gives them hope about where we have been and where we will go in the gun violence prevention movement. Check back throughout the month to view their responses.