The Heart of Community, Pictured

An array of images compose the photo slideshow below from The Heart of Community: Reflections on Justice & Giving event, which featured readings of Giving Back. The New York City event was hosted by Resource Generation and North Star Fund  in observance of Black Philanthropy Month, on Monday, August 26, 2013. Simone Sneed, an organizer of the event, recently interviewed me.

Here’s an excerpt from Simone’s interview, now featured on The Huffington Post:

“The space was filled with diverse life experiences; profoundly personal stories of community transformation and an active desire and yearning to be in collective dialogue.

From the early years of giving that established the Black churches which provided a literal and figurative sanctuary for civil rights work, to the more recent philanthropic engagement of communities dedicated to economic and racial justice, Valaida’s work comes a critical moment in time.”

Gratitude abounds for Simone, Nitika Raj, Sarah Tabet, Marisol Ybarra and others with Resource Generation and North Star Fund who see the value of storytelling from a wide spectrum of voices and communities.

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