Do Good #1 - Supporting Black Authors
August 24, 2020 - 5 min. read
As many of you know, giving back has always been an important part of Traveller Collective. Since day 1, we’ve committed 20% of profits to meaningful charitable initiatives. Our own in-house initiative, Gifting Travel, was a long-time dream of founder Darryl’s that allowed us to accompany Fatima, Sara, and Andres to parts of the world they’d always wanted to visit.
However, given the current state of travel and the uncertainty around travel going forward, we’ve decided to put Gifting Travel on hold. That said, we want to ensure that we continue to commit profits to impactful initiatives, some of which involve travel and others that are important to us and our global community.
For our first initiative, we wanted to draw attention to the Black Lives Matter movement that has garnered worldwide attention and been part of conversations happening at TC, too. To kick us off, we asked you, our Collective, to recommend books by Black authors that we could buy locally and mail to engaged IG followers.
Thank you SO much for all of your suggestions! Out of the amazing and diverse titles you suggested, we chose three: How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid. We then visited two local bookstores to procure copies for a few lucky commenters. The two bookstores we were thrilled to support, Iron Dog Books and Massy Books, are Indigenous-owned and stocked with amazing titles!
Some other books we’re keen to check out after your recommendations: Becoming by Michelle Obama, The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole, and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Do Good initiative and whose purchases allow us to launch projects that are meaningful, necessary, and, in this case, fun (who doesn’t love surprise mail?!). To everyone engaging in important conversations about race, racism, and BLM and to those supporting Black creators by buying and reading Black writing, let’s keep it up. Happy reading!