About the Eracism Foundation, Inc.

Eracism Foundation Background:

Eracism Foundation Inc. is a 501c3 Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation that was founded on January 5, 2006 by Oscar Winning Actor Louis Gossett Jr., who upon envisioning the organization, has committed the last quadrant of his life to an all out conscious offensive against racism, violence, and ignorance relative to the role and significance of history in positioning individuals and collective communities for the future.

Mission:

Our mission is to eradicate the systematic impacts of all forms of racism by providing programs that foster cultural diversity, historical enrichment, education, and antiviolence initiatives.

Vision:

The organization is grounded in its vision to contribute to the betterment of our society by addressing the negative impacts of racism therein. By addressing these issues, connecting individuals to their history/culture, and empowering them with the appropriate educational and training resources available in our programs, we will position the recipients of these services to improve the quality of life in their respective communities. It is our belief that through this vital connection to such services and a connection to their past, individuals will be better equipped to embark on a positive future for the benefit of their collective communities in the process

Position:

Our position is to serve as a vital resource between communities impacted by violence and their access to the tools necessary to improve their current circumstances:

Engaging youth involved in gang activity with a series of intensive antiviolence camp initiatives and forums designed to promote peace, antiviolence, personal responsibility, and re-entry into positive, productive citizenship.

Educating the community through after school programs focusing on mentoring and tutorial services to nurture the academic and professional development of children from diverse communities.

Historically enriching the community and promoting diversity through a series of documentaries, psychodramas, plays, and interactive videos addressing the historical contributions and current relevance of these efforts in improving the quality of life among today’s youth and adults alike.


Words To Think On

Be Polite

Too often, we think we only have to be polite to people we don’t know well or to authority figures. Pardon me, but I disagree. It’s just as important to be courteous to our friends and family.

Politeness is more than being sociable or tactful. It’s more than having people think we are nice people. Politeness is about showing respect and care. Courtesy is about not discounting others. We all want to know that we are appreciated, and we all deserve kindness.

Today, let’s be polite. We don’t have to behave like those cartoon chipmunks that can’t complete a sentence without thanking one another or excusing themselves. But it won’t hurt to treat people with deference.

Our elders taught us the importance of having good manners. We learned not to interrupt people when they were speaking, to say hello to people, and to be gracious to guests. While we don’t have to be formal with our loved ones, politeness demonstrates that we think they are worthy of our concern. Three of the most important phrases we can say to people are “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry.”

I treat everyone, including myself, with consideration and courtesy.
— Carleen Brice, Walk Tall