I posted a version of this originally on Instagram, but Mitch wore one of My Block My Hood My City’s beautiful Neighborhood Silk Ties on Monday in celebration and honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and also as a personal reminder for our family:
May we always—not just on MLK Day—support, promote, amplify and stand up for Black community. May we always—not just on MLK Day—model this for our children. And may we always—not just on MLK Day—teach them to *take action* and fight for equality, justice, love and goodness.
Buying a Neighborhood Silk tie is an awesome way to support this wonderful Chicago-based non-profit organization, as the proceeds go directly to M3* efforts. Wearing the ties raises awareness about M3, too! (When My Block My Hood My City first started selling them, it was a way to provide high school seniors with ties for events as they went off to college. From teachers to executives, you can now spot them all over Chicago!)
The ties are truly stunning. It’s without a doubt the nicest one in Mitch’s closet. (I bought it for him for Valentine’s Day ♥️, but we broke it out a little early to help get the word out!) The four ties—some donning stars and others donning stripes—closely resemble the Chicago flag, which you see everywhere in the city. (The four stars represent historical events; the three white stripes represent the South, West and North Sides; and the two blue stripes represent the branches of the river.)
To purchase, head to formyblock.org/inventory!
*I’ve highlighted them a few times this year, but My Block My Hood My City provides people with opportunities to step outside their comfort zones and “explore new communities, cultures and cuisines in an effort to gain a greater understanding of the world.” It offers mentoring for underprivileged youth; youth-senior wellness calls for those isolated by the pandemic; and aid for senior citizens. On MLK Jr. Day, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, the organization actually delivered PPE to over 2,000 seniors! (Safely!) Wish you could have been involved? Simply visit formyblock.org/donate to donate or sign up for future volunteer opportunities via formyblock.org/m3volunteer-
PS: If you’re a parent of young children, a few books to read with them this week: Grace for President and Grace Goes to Washington by Kelly DiPucchio, and Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea and Ambitious Girl by @Meena (Kamala Harris’ niece). Try Semicolon, which is a fantastic Black-owned bookstore that ships all over the place!