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.
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.
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
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
One Day at a Time— Carleen Brice, Walk Tall
“One day at a time” is a slogan that reminds twelve-steppers to be patient and helps them get through tough times. The recovering alcoholic has to be sober only for this day. The overeater only has to abstain from binging for this day.
We can use this philosophy no matter what difficulties we face. We only have today. We can deal with tomorrow when it comes.
We still make plans and set goals. We still save our money to make sure we can pay rent when it is due. One day at a time doesn’t mean abusing today without giving thought to tomorrow. One day at a time means using today wisely so that we don’t have to pay for it tomorrow. One day at a time means enjoying today because tomorrow might not come. One day at a time means allowing ourselves to handle one thought, feeling, activity, decision, or problem at a time. Living one day at a time is simple, pure, and honest.
I appreciate this day, because it is the only one I have.