In 2018, the Tennessee Titans established its 'We Stand For' campaign to support causes and charities important to our current and former players, coaches and front office. They were and still are the driving forces behind that campaign and the causes we support as an organization.
As we consider ways that recent nationwide protests can inform our community engagement efforts moving forward, we thought it important to provide our Titans family with a comprehensive resource guide for those interested in learning how you can be part of the change we all hope to see.
The primary goals of this resource guide are (1) to provide opportunities for all of us to understand social justice and engage in anti-racism conversations and advocacy work and (2) to spotlight nonprofits already doing the work in that space and use our platform to amplify those groups.
"I want to add my voice and the voice of our organization to the calls for equality and reiterate our firm stance against all forms of racism.
Hearts, minds and institutions need to change throughout our country. Those who face racism need to be heard, and more importantly, understood by those who haven't listened before.
Our organization and our players have dedicated time and resources to these issues through the 'We Stand For' campaign and we are making a difference in our own community, tackling issues like educational equity, judicial reform, policing policies and assistance for underserved areas. We are proud to support those efforts and we will continue to find ways to impact our region. As part of this, we are providing information to our fans through a resource guide so others can join us in these steps to progress.
Hearing our players and coaches speak over the last two weeks has been constructive to this vital discussion. I support our players using peaceful protests and their platforms to advance us as a nation. I would encourage those who haven't thought about these issues before to understand the pain, anger and frustration of the black community. Black lives matter. We should all agree on that."
Who Are We? The answer to that question is determined by what we do, and what we do not.
'We Stand For' Resource Guide
The Tennessee Titans have created an online Resource Guide for local black-owned companies, teaming up with Titans fans and Nashville businesses to provide a virtual community where local businesses can be supported.
Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Nashville, the Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) collaborates at the local level with community leaders, policymakers and corporate partners across Middle Tennessee to elevate standards of living for African Americans and other historically underserved groups. The Urban League spearheads the development of social programs and authoritative public policy research, and advocate for policies and services that close the equality gap. At the community level, the ULMT and its affiliates provide direct services that improve the lives of thousands of people annually. More than 37,000 individuals have been served by the ULMT in the past ten years.
The NAACP is focused on disparities in economics, healthcare, education, voter empowerment and the criminal justice system while also continuing its role as legal advocate for civil rights issues. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, leading grassroots campaigns for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.
The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is set to open its doors Labor Day Weekend 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. Once completed, NMAAM will be the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans. The museum's expertly-curated collections will share the story of the American soundtrack by integrating history and interactive technology to bring the musical heroes of the past into the present.
Below is a list of some movie recommendations to help you understand social justice issues and to engage in anti-racism conversations.
The Hate U Give // If Beale Street Could Talk
When They See Us // 13th
Blindspotting // Fences
The Kalief Browder Story // Brian Banks
Selma // Just Mercy
I Am Not Your Negro // Loving
Do the Right Thing // Fruitvale Station
Parnassus Books in Nashville has an extensive list of anti-racism books available both online and at the Nashville location in Green Hills.
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