With Houston being the epicenter of human trafficking for sexual exploitation, it didn’t take much for students, non-binary people, community leaders, academics, survivors of domestic violence, and recent immigrants to Houston to come together to perform the song during the Women’s March of 2020 on the doorstep of City Hall.
Having been created to fill the void of limited programming and support for LGBTQ+ communities of color and their allies, the T.R.U.T.H. Project has made possible a safe space for individuals to express themselves and seek guidance and support that often proves to be life-transforming or even lifesaving.
When looking to the future, Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy has a clear goal and a path: Have Freedmen’s Town be recognized as a heritage district that changes how we think about emancipation and becomes the center of the Story of Freedom.
After reading a Houston Arts Alliance Newsletter, Rathna became familiar with the BANF grant and how applying was a straightforward and uncomplicated process. So far, the award has impacted her personal and professional life. She mentioned, “It felt so good to receive such a sizable grant for the first time!”
Amir explains that the BANF application process was thoughtfully designed as a catalyst to help a group like theirs succeed, unlike other application processes that they had encountered that work more like barriers to exclude BIPOC community members.