Courage Against Racism: Black Lives Matter Fundraiser

Courage Against Racism is a community event and collaborative series grassroots fundraiser to benefit Black Lives Matter LA. This event is hosted by White People 4 Black Lives in conjunction with the McCarty Memorial Church, VigilantLOVE and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.

The event features readings from Voices of a People’s History of the United States, a companion performance to historian Howard Zinn’s legendary book A People’s History of the United States. The play includes selected testimonies—speeches, letters, poems, petitions, and manifestos—of people throughout U.S. history who struggled against slavery, racism, war, and oppression.

Local social justice activists and celebrities will read these historical texts giving voice to the struggles for justice and liberation that are still relevant today. This evening’s event brings together a multiracial community committed to acting in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Current committed performers include:
Patrisse Khan-Cullors (Co-founder, Black Lives Matter)
Melina Abdullah (Black Lives Matter LA)
Kenyatta Bakeer (Black Lives Matter LA)
Traci Kato-kiriyama (VigilantLOVE)
Sahar Pirzada (VigilantLOVE)
Matt McGorry (How to Get Away with Murder)
Jon Huertas (NBC’s This Is Us)
Sheri Foster Blake (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Bellamy Young (ABC’s Scandal)

Directed by ashley sparks
Sound Design Mikaal Sulaiman

More updates on cast will be coming!

Purchase event tickets here:
Ticket pricing ranges from $40-$100. $100 contribution includes a pre-show reception with the cast. Catering brought to you by Chef Kenneth of Kreations Events.

Proceeds will benefit Black Lives Matter LA.

Interested in sponsoring the event as an individual, organization or business? We have sponsorship levels ranging from $1000-$5000. Sponsorship will help cover event expenses to allow more ticket sale funds to be donated to BLMLA. Email for more info.

McCarty Memorial Church was founded in 1931 and became known for being one of the first congregations to integrate in the late 1950’s. The congregation has been and continues to be involved in social justice, following the love ethic of Jesus. McCarty was involved in the civil rights movement and is currently involved in the fight for dignity for Black Lives and those who live on the margins.

Courage Against Racism is an ongoing event series that creates space for learning, dialogue, and community action. Our goal is to bring more white people into the movement for Black Lives and raise funds for the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter. Each Courage Against Racism occasion presents a distinct topic, including the examination of intersecting identities, exploring legacies of white anti-racist organizing, presenting the #Every28Hours report, and police surveillance and repression.