10 Cities. 10 Service Projects. And A Ripple Effect Of Change
The Black Superhero Project is an ambitious initiative being undertaken by CFC40 and its founder, Charles F. Coleman Jr. Charles is a civil rights attorney and activist who has decided to challenge himself and others in the spirit of leading where you are. He is setting out to complete 10 different service projects in 10 different communities across the country. Each project will involve collaborations between Charles’ CFC40 non-profit and other community-based organizations in different cities to target specific demographics that are uniquely affected. A sample of the different projects is below:
What Is It?
In today’s world of toxic dialogue and vitriolic political overload too many of us spend waste time engaging negativity and giving away our power. What would it look like for us to lead where we are?
It would look like us making the conscious decision to have an impact in the spaces we already have access to, without waiting for permission from someone else or an institution to grant us entrance. It would look like communities of color re-engaging to engineer solutions to the problems that afflict us most and which we know best, rather than waiting for help that may not ever show up. It would look like the Black Superhero Project.
Why This? Why Now?
Our community has always had to survive based on resources and intellectual capital from within. While we have at times enjoyed support from others, history has shown that we are the only ones whom we can count on consistently to be there for us—and that’s more than enough. If we put the same amount of energy into simply doing our part where we are, the impact would be tremendous. The Black Superhero Project intends to engage and inspire new leaders and organizers in cities everywhere to do their part and lead where they are. We are all we have. And, that’s more than enough.
Partnered with Houston-based Honor Humanity for A Seat At the Table, which provided a group of single Black men and single fathers still grappling with the effects of Hurricane Harvey with a total wellness reset. Honorees were treated to a homemade gourmet meal, complimentary grooming services, and communed with a team of mentors across industries to help support their journeys.
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan that has made national headlines continues to plague residents. Even as some pipes have been changed, there still remains thousands of families in the city of Flint who do not have access to clean drinking water. For this activation, CFC40 worked with Black Millenials for Flint and First Trinity Baptist Church to deliver 40,000 bottles of water, which was donated to families of Flint still impacted by this water crisis.
CFC40 is teaming up with several Baltimore based organizations to solicit public support for the purchase and distribution of at least 100 Black Girl Power Boxes for girls and young women. These BGP boxes have contents ranging from feminine hygiene and wellness products to items that will help support young mothers.
CFC40 teamed up with Love Yourself Always Inc., a Columbia, SC based non-profit whose mission is to support the self-esteem of women and girls through different activities. The day’s activations centered around 30 adolescent black girls from the Richland county area who are without a consistent positive male presence in their lives. The young ladies will engaged with male mentors who encouraged them and will taught them how to ride a bicycle.
Upcoming Service Projects
Comfort Cases For Project 18 | New Orleans, LA
Day of Inclusion For Returning Citizens | Boston, MA
Superhero Day | Brooklyn, NY
Two Acts TBD By Social Media Contest
Additional Cities In Consideration:
Los Angeles, CA
Have a cause you’re passionate about? Tell us why you believe in the cause and how we can help make an impact.
CFC40 is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is to support existing groups and organizers in the work they are already doing in communities of color across America. CFC40’s theory of change is that anyone can have an impact in community if they just decide to lead where they are. By modeling this change theory, it is the goal of CFC40 to inspire and to engage a new wave of leaders to do more where we can, believing that we already have the power and the resources we need to collectively engineer solutions to the issues that we face.
Become a Superhero!
Make an immediate impact to your community by Donating to the Black Superhero Project. All Donations are tax-deductible and will be used to support the activation of your choice.