By Kayla Beard, Intern at Heinz Marketing

2020 has been a year that will go down in history. In addition to the unprecedented worldwide pandemic known as COVID-19, we are also in the midst of one of the biggest pushes for reformation in history, calling for an end to police brutality and a change in our society to eliminate systemic racism. There has been a rise in engagement and participation in the Black Lives Matter Movement after numerous innocent black men and women have been murdered on camera. People of all race, gender, and sex have participated in the movement in order to demand equality and justice for black lives.

Founded in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement has been a major force towards achieving racial equality. Black Lives Matter is an organization dedicated to non-violent civil disobedience in protest to police brutality and promoting the lives of people of color. The movement originated from a hashtag that began trending following the death of Trayvon Martin. Since then, the movement has gained support from members throughout our country and the world. Currently, there have been several protests throughout numerous cities in our nation. Accessibility to educational resources about racism and privilege has increased on social media platforms, which helps to further spread the movement and better understand the message. 

Our community has come together in these times to support each other by protesting, donating, posting on social media, and more. Even though COVID-19 has deterred many people from protesting in crowds, there are other ways you can help. I have brainstormed different ways to contribute to the cause and support the black lives in our local community as there are many different ways to show support. Even if you don’t live in any of these communities, the suggestions below provide ideas of ways to support in any community. 

Here is a list of some black-owned restaurants in greater Seattle. Supporting these local restaurants in our community, especially in such time of need, is essential to the success of their businesses.  

Here is a list of some black-owned bookstores from all around the world. Take this time while social distancing to order a book online. 

Lastly, here are some ideas for organizations that support and donate to the Black Lives Matter cause.

I hope some of these ideas encourage you to continue supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and support the black members of our communities.