Many significant days in history are remembered because of the great difficulties or tragedies they mark. But how we choose to remember those events is where we can find power and purpose. Aug. 28 is an example of building traditions that are rooted in hope for the future while remembering the past.
On that date in 1955, the 14-year-old boy Emmett Till was killed. It was the same day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech during the 1963 March on Washington. The organization Young Black and Giving Back Institute recognized the tragedy and triumph of these and other events that took place on Aug. 28 and turned their focus three years ago to mark the date with a national day of giving during Black Philanthropy Month to support Black-led and Black-serving nonprofit organizations in greater support of an equitable society.