Roberta Flack announces recipients of the first two grants from her charitable foundation

Roberta Flack announces recipients of the first two grants from her charitable foundation

Roberta Flack announces recipients of the first two grants from her charitable foundation

June 24, 2019 4:00 PM

© Jeri Jones PhotographyRoberta Flack recently established her own charitable organization, the Roberta Flack Foundation, to aid various causes important to her, as well as to help creative people in need of financial support.  Now, she's announced the recipients of the foundation's first two grants.

The first grant will go to SheLectricity, which, according to its website, is a project geared toward girls of color that "brings together technology, culture and community to create safe and nurturing online and in-person environments," which ideally will help young people "learn, grow, innovate and lead."

The organization is planning to launch programs in its first three hub cities -- Oakland and Los Angeles, California, and Memphis, Tennessee -- this fall.

The second grant will be presented to Carol Swainson, an educator from San Francisco who is making a documentary for schools designed to help families feel comfortable discussing racial biases, with the hope of "changing the negative racial narrative."

Swainson is making her film with support from the National Association of Independent Schools and the White Privilege Conference.

Flack will present the grants at a New York City press conference scheduled for July 1.

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