Celebrating Black Leaders: A Message from Juanita T. James, President & CEO

Feb 15, 2022

Dear Friends,

Black History Month is an opportunity to reflect and learn about the people, events, and movements that have shaped our community and our nation.

It’s also a great time to recognize the current generation of Black leaders — those who are shaping the chapters in our history that are yet to be written.

Throughout February, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is using our platform to help spotlight an amazing group of leaders who are a positive force in our region.

Each week on our blog, you’ll have an opportunity to explore the stories of Black leaders such as my late husband, Dudley Williams — a true champion for public education whose work is transforming lives even after his passing — and Vanessa Liles, a community organizer who is leading change in Bridgeport.

On February 24, you’ll also have the chance to support and learn more about some inspiring Black leaders whose nonprofits are participating in Fairfield County’s Giving Day.

Powered by the Community Foundation, Fairfield County’s Giving Day makes it easy to give directly to Fairfield County nonprofits. For as little as $10, you can make an online gift to your favorite local nonprofits and discover new organizations that are working to improve lives in our community.

Our goal with Giving Day is to help build capacity at local nonprofits — particularly those which might otherwise struggle to raise money online. Since Black-led nonprofits, on average, have smaller budgets and raise less money than their counterparts, I invite you to consider researching and supporting some of these organizations that are taking part in this year’s Giving Day event, in addition to supporting your traditional favorite causes and nonprofits.

Fairfield County has a rich history — one that has been written by residents from all backgrounds. We strive to recognize all of those who have contributed to building our wonderful community and we work to ensure that everyone who lives here has an opportunity to thrive.

During Black History Month, we celebrate and honor a part of that rich history and explore how we build a stronger, more equitable community for future generations.

With gratitude,

Juanita T. James
President & CEO