“There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to RISE.
The human soul cannot be permanently chained.”
W. E. B. Du Bois
R.I.S.E. (Responsive Initiatives for Social Empowerment), is an independent black-led and founded 501c3 non profit community arts & culture organization dedicated to the development of creative programming and events that aim to transcend cultural barriers while promoting more awareness, vibrancy, inclusiveness and resiliency for the greater Chattanooga communities.
WE'RE SEEKING TO STOP PERPETUATING BLACK TRAUMA
AND BRING FORTH BLACK JOY!
SO...WHAT IS BLACK JOY?
TAKE A MOMENT TO VIEW THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS ON BLACK JOY
Chattanooga's Culinary Creative Culture
"Let it Burn" is a curated web series featuring the art of cooking from an African American & Latino perspective. The series features the skills and personalities of our guest cooks who happen to be Chattanooga community leaders, advocates, and entrepreneurs. as well as some of our favorite local minority owned venues/eateries.
READING IN COLOR
When children of color don’t see themselves in books it can negatively impact their self-esteem and impressions of the world.
We sought to play a small yet crucial role with the support of Humanities Tennessee in bringing more educational opportunities on diversity and inclusiveness to our community with the development of a free community bookstore within our facility and mini mobile library boxes throughout the community that addresses the lack of cultural representation in young adult and children literature.