causes to support

mutual aid

“Mutual assistance and self-help have been cornerstones of African American community for generations. In 1903, W E. B. Du Bois called it "the first wavering step of a people toward organized social life."1 The earliest mutual assistance societies among free blacks provided a form of health and life insurance for their members—care of the sick, burials for the dead, and support for widows and orphans. Later societies sought to promote education and job training, especially for newly arrived African Americans, freemen, and fugitive slaves. While the number of societies attests to the wide-ranging efforts of northern free blacks, most were hampered by low funds and low membership.” —National Humanities Center

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