Ways to Give Back this Black History Month

By: Ariel Taranski

Cover Photo Credit: Ashley Benham Photography

If you had to describe Memphis in one word, first of all, could you? Secondly, which word would you decide is most important above all the rest? Memphis is so rich in history, diversity, life, community, that it’s hard to sum it up so easily. But it’s also these exact qualities that often need the most tending to, the most care and appreciation.

We’ve gathered an inexhaustive list of various organizations and businesses you can support this month, from advocacy groups to performing arts institutions. These capture the spirit of Memphis, while also building up the community, relaying our history, and providing safe spaces for everyone. 

Photo Credit: @andrea_morales_


Memphis’ support of local businesses is a great point of pride. Uplifting entrepreneurs and small business owners is what we’re good at, and the following list not only gives some directories to find those brands, but it also has ways to give back so that other potential businesses can flourish and prosper. Be sure to check these out:

The Arts

Photo Credit: Collage Dance

Memphis is a city full of arts, music, and performance. It’s no wonder there are so many different theaters and venues. Even the Orpheum has had some amazing touring productions and programs for kids and adults alike. Here are some organizations focused on bringing representation to the forefront and creating opportunities for different communities to enjoy live entertainment:

Photo Credit: Memphis Artists for Change


Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, “At the heart of all that civilization has meant and developed is ‘community’ – the mutually cooperative and voluntary venture of man to assume a semblance of responsibility for his brother.” Memphis may be a big city, but it has the feel of a small-town community at times. Here are some organizations you can support that will give back to the city as well, when you do:

Photo Credit: Stax Museum

Historic Institutions

This city is tied to so many historic sites and monuments from civil rights, and a lot of these places today still attract visitors from far and wide to get a glimpse of the history for themselves. Supporting these organizations gives them a chance to spread the word, upkeep artifacts, and create learning opportunities as well. Consider visiting and donating to these places:


Memphis has so much to offer, but of course, there are always national and global organizations that can use your attention and generosity. Let this list be a guideline to start locally and build your way out to help communities all over. Black History Month shouldn’t end when February does. Continue to support these businesses and organizations throughout the year, perhaps even with some monthly donations. Let’s keep the giving spirit going all year round.

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