Director Marjorie Fuller gives a brief update on the current status of the Center for Black Culture.
Director Update: Mutual Aid and Community Care Amid COVID-19
Black people across the United States have been hit particularly hard by the fallout of COVID-19. The virus has laid bare the systemic inequities that have always existed in our country, and black folks are suffering and dying at disproportionate rates.
At the Center for Black Culture, we know that although you all come from varying regions, backgrounds, and life experiences, you or someone you know may be affected by these disparities. And while it saddens us that we cannot be together in community at this moment, we want to offer you some resources and tools that will help us get through this together.
“If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time, but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”― Lilla Watson
Mutual Aid is a voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit. It is not charity, and that is an especially important and historical distinction to make. It is a way for us to stand in the gap for each other in moments of crisis and turbulence.
Mutual Aid resources in this particular moment could be any of the following:
- Access to PPE
- Housing unsheltered people
- Food for children
- Shopping for the elderly
- Various resources for folks who now find themselves unemployed
- Assistance for disabled folks
- And much more
We know that our students are organizers at heart; many of you have come to this campus and shifted culture, and created and mobilized your communities. If you are interested in starting a mutual aid group in your own community and need more information, please review this step by step guide.
If you know of additional resources that may be helpful, please share with us and your communities.
Stay safe! And I’m confident that together, we’ll come out of this period stronger!
In Solidarity,Marjorie M. Fuller, Director
The WVU Center for Black Culture