5 Easy Ways to Spark Change in Your Community


President John F. Kennedy, Whitney Young, and Henry Steeger discuss Civil Rights in the Oval Office

The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights examines the life of Whitney M. Young, Jr., one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. As executive director of the National Urban League, Whitney Young took the struggle for equality directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three U.S. presidents. Want to know how you can become a powerbroker in your own community? Take a look at some suggestions below.

African-American Women’s History Curricula

Community  Classroom’s free curriculum educates students about unknown African-American women who have changed history, such as Daisy Bates, who led the campaign to integrate schools in Little Rock.

More than a Map(p)

A smartphone location app that allows users to find nearby historical African-American sites and landmarks wherever they are. Use the geo-location map to find historical sites that you never knew existed. Know of a historical site not listed on the map? Users are encouraged to add to the map with their own submissions of untold African-American history. Download the app for free at the iTunes Application Store.

The National Urban League

The National Urban League’s mission is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. They offer numerous volunteer opportunities for those interested in supporting its national programs and those of its local affiliates.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Ensures the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. Keep abreast of the NAACP’s Action Alerts and take action on those issues that are especially important to you. Find out about other ways to get involved in the NAACP by contacting the local chapter.

Network for Good

help nonprofits sustain and grow their mission through online fundraising. Many organizations have made it their mission to improve the educational, social and economic opportunities in local communities. Help your favorite nonprofit reach their goal.

Visit communitycinema.org/take-action for more information on the National Urban League, Network for Good, and NAACP to learn how you can support communities globally.