San Antonio has a population of 1.53 million people, 6.18%, or approximately 94,700, of which are Black or African American. To find this data, I used this source which is actually focused on COVID-19 research but has a vast amount of data on San Antonio that you might find fascinating and educational as I did.
Over the course of the last several weeks we have hopefully all seen lists and names of organizations to support and donate to during this time of heightened calls for social justice. I know I’ve been learning about more local and national organizations doing the work to move the needle. As we all learn more, I do hope that we all also remember that so much begins in our own backyard. The work and change that happens locally is just as important as what happens on a national level.
This list I’ve compiled is a starting point for anyone looking to donate to local causes that benefit and support the Black and African American community in San Antonio. I welcome you to share in the comments any other relevant organizations not included so that we can continue to inform each other. I encourage you to explore these organizations, learn about their mission and programs, and donate if you can.
226 N. Hackberry, 78202
The mission of the Carver Community Cultural Center is to celebrate the diverse cultures of our world, nation, and community, with emphasis on its African and African-American heritage, by providing premier artistic presentations, community outreach activities, and educational programs. The Carver has served as the San Antonio Eastside’s foremost gathering place of cultural exchange and performance arts, including world class performances from the likes of Aaron Neville, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Poncho Sanchez, & Sheila E.
430 N. Cherry Street, 78202
Mission: To collect, preserve, and share the cultural heritage of African Americans in the San Antonio region. The museum also wants to hear from you. The SAAACAM Oral History Project is a collection of original stories––including text, documents, photographs, videos, and audio files celebrating the African American past, present, and future of San Antonio and the surrounding area. Click here to submit your story.
P.O. Box 78513, 78218
With the knowledge that only 1% of Texas state park participants identify as Black/African-American, Black Outside was founded with the mission of expanding access, programming, and relevancy to both Black and Brown communities across Texas. Black Outside seeks to not only diversify the outdoors but unleash a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts reflective of our country and state’s beautiful diversity.
1160 E. Commerce Suite 200, 78205
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of civil rights reform, the DreamWeek mission is to lay the foundations of tolerance, equality, and diversity to create a platform where people across cultures and communities can discuss and exchange ideas, fostering enlightenment for the greater human experience. DreamWeek is a 16-day summit of events with the aim to invite all to participate in an open forum where real-world issues are presented and nurtured, with the understanding that the truest voices will always prevail.
220 Chestnut 78202
SAGE’s vision is that by 2025, the San Antonio Promise Zone will be a vibrant mixed-income community, rich in diversity and opportunity, catalyzing progress throughout the Eastside. The Promise Zone, a 22-sq. mile geographic area in the Eastside of San Antonio, is a national initiative to revitalize high-poverty communities by creating jobs, increasing economic activity, improving educational opportunities, advocating for affordable housing, reducing violent crime, and supporting health and wellness programs.
Each year, as part of its celebration and focus on youth and education, the MLK, Jr. Commission administers a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program. These scholarships help to fund a portion of the college tuition of several deserving students, regardless of race or ethnicity. Each year, the MLK, Jr. Commission gives thousands of dollars in scholarships, thanks to the support of its many partners. The community can help support students in achieving their higher education goals. Donations for the scholarship fund are accepted from the public and can be mailed to:
City of San Antonio MLK Commission
Attn: Madeleine Mendez
Neighborhood & Housing Services Department
P.O. Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Make checks payable to San Antonio Area Foundation – MLK Commission Scholarship. Donations can also be made by credit card.