August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, BPM was created as an annual, global celebration of giving in the U.S. and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Literary Critic, Educator, Scholar, Writer, and Editor
Dr. Henry Louis Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Although Dr. Gates is not recognized for large financial contributions, his contribution as an educator is priceless. Amongst other things, Dr. Gates has worked to bring about social, educational, and intellectual equality for black Americans.
In January 2008, Dr. Gates co-founded the website TheRoot.com, an online magazine that provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary, and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America. #BPM2014 #TheWrightMuseum