By Maroon & White |
On March 17, Saint Mary’s faculty members, along with community organizers, launched the Black Lives Matter Solidarity Fund Nova Scotia. Surpassing its initial goal, the online effort has already raised nearly $25,000 in emergency funds to assist members of the Black community in Nova Scotia who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Over 443 people have applied for the emergency funds through the online application with 224 applicants receiving support to date. The fund was created by Dr. Rachel Zellars, an assistant professor in the Social Justice & Community Studies department, part-time faculty member El Jones, and community advocates including Twila Grosse, a board member with the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia, and Dr. Lynn Jones, whose African-Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection is housed in Saint Mary's University Archives.