There are so many ways to participate; join our leadership group, view the film series, contribute to our Black History Encyclopedia, or donate to our non-profit organization.
The 365 Project are mentors and activists who support the people of Yellow Springs, Ohio in engaging critically and respectfully in courageous conversations and action that promotes diverse African-American heritage, culture, and racial equity, 365 days a year.
The 365 Project is a diverse group of local villagers who volunteer their time to educate local leaders and community members, mentor children, and find ways to research and celebrate Black achievements.
There are so many ways to participate; join our leadership group, be a mentor, view a Black Culture film screening, contribute to our Black History Encyclopedia, or donate to our non-profit. Contact us.
Citizens' Action Reparations Local Fund
The 365 Project is administering funds donated toward the Citizens' Action Reparations Fund. Their founding statement notes:
"Monies in this fund are from donations of people in the White community who have decided to take responsibility for the continued disparity of wealth between Black and White community members in the United States. No longer will the excuses of the following be tolerated: 'Neither I nor my family members enslaved Black people. Neither I nor my family lived in the United States in 1865 or earlier.'"
"We the donors, just by virtue of our skin color, enjoy White privilege in this country. This does not mean that we are monetarily wealthy. It does mean the we never have to pass a test to vote. We could purchase a house in any neighborhood we could afford. Our skin color was not a barrier to a college education, job, or promotion. Our skin color did not cause us to be unduly followed by store security or police officers. Though these may not seem like privileges, ask anyone in the Black community, and you will understand that they are."
"Donations to this fund might be designated for down payments, home repairs, scholarships, business startups, security deposits, transportation needs, or left of to the discretion of The 365 Project to redistribute wealth to enhance the lives of Black Americans to who we owe an unimaginable debt. The control of the funds is in the hands of the descendants of the Black Americans owed the debt, where it belongs. Taking positive action now will make a positive difference in the world."
To donate: use the donate button in the upper right corner of this page, or send a check or money order to The 365 Project, P.O. Box 165, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, and place "Reparations Fund" on the memo line of the check.
Citizen Review Board for processing complaints regarding the YSPD
For several years the 365 Project has participated in discussions regarding ways to improve interactions between Yellow Springs Police Department (YSPD) officers and area residents. Most recently a committee of area residents has drafted a draft of a proposal to be submitted to Yellow Springs Council, in the coming months, for the creation of a Citizen Review Board for processing complaints regarding the YSPD.
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FROM THE 365 PROJECT
The 365 Project of Yellow Springs was formed in 2008 to serve as a catalyst that challenges and supports the people of Yellow Springs and Miami Township in fighting racism. Our country for the past four hundred years has employed racism to its fullest against people of color and sadly the elements of racism continues in 2020 as Black Americans endure hardships of racism by government entities that are pledged to protect and serve the people, all people.
For 200 years the village of Yellow Springs has tried to exist as a bastion of inclusivity and acceptance of people from all walks of life, particularly Black Americans. However our village has had its own share of hiccups in terms of racism towards local Black Americans which The 365 Project is committed to eradicate.
In light of the most recent transgressions that has once again taken place in our country towards Black Americans i.e. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbrey, John Crawford, Tamir Rice and countless others since the landing of the Mayflower; The 365 Project is further committed to serving as a catalyst in rooting out the evil disease of racism. Ralph Ellison once said “I am invisible, understand simply because people refuse to see me” and Gil Scott Heron professed that “The revolution will not be televised” however the tragic events of the past few months are in full view for all to see and the atrocities against Black Americans is now being televised and is fully visible for all to see!
John Gudgel, President of The 365 Project
Dr. Kevin McGruder, Treasurer
Legacy Of Grace: Musings on the Life and Times of Wheeling Gaunt
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Legacy of Grace, Musings on the Life and Times of Wheeling Gaunt, written by the 365 Project member Brenda Jean Hubbard which chronicles the true life and times of a formerly enslaved Black man named Wheeling Gaunt.
You can find the book HERE
Legacy of Grace, Musings on the Life and Times of Wheeling Gaunt, by Brenda Jean Hubbard chronicles the true life and times of a formerly enslaved Black man named Wheeling Gaunt who purchased his own freedom and through hard work, diligence and disciplined real estate investment slowly built his fortune. Moving with his wife Amanda to the Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1864, Mr. Gaunt became an important village leader and philanthropist as he continued his real estate investments. Upon his death in 1894 he gifted both family and community with impressive and substantial gifts including a sizable bequest to Wilberforce University. He is perhaps most famous for his creation of The Poor Widows Fund gifting flour and sugar to older women in the village each Christmas, a tradition the village still observes. The land that he gave to the village is known today as Gaunt Park and houses Gaunt Park Pool and adjacent sports fields. Through an exploration of the times in which he lived, Mr. Gaunt's remarkable story of achievement is investigated. Author Brenda Jean Hubbard was born and raised in Yellow Springs where her family lived for over 50 years. She is donating all money raised in the sale of this book to The Yellow Springs 365 Project, a vital non-profit organization committed to racial justice and education. Hubbard says, ?Growing up in Yellow Springs was a true blessing. I was privileged to experience the unique joys and many benefits of knowing diverse, amazing, accomplished and distinguished people from many walks of life. This gifted me with a lifelong passion to celebrate diversity and a heart for social justice. Writing this book is my small attempt to honor the impressive people, history and accomplishments of the Black community while also conveying important and timely history.?
We are here to help
The 365 Project is aligning with other community organizations in providing information and resources for those who are seeking assistance during the Covid 19 pandemic. The Yellow Springs Community Foundation (yscf.org or 937-767-2655) has information regarding food assistance, loan information, food deliveries, donations and other resources. The YSCF is serving in the capacity for several local entities: Current Cuisine, Tom's Market, Yellow Springs Senior Citizens Center, Yellow Springs Federal Credit Union and other local establishments.