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Azurae Johnson Redmond
Widowed-by-lung-cancer in 2017 at age 27, as well as 5 months pregnant with her 10-month-old's full little brother, Azurae, was always the demographic outlier of every typically conservative local widow group. Realizing there was a niche for young, black widow(er)s, who were underserved, she set out to found a new 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2020. She then pursued her Masters in Public Administration: Nonprofit Management at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, with the desire to connect, engage, educate and support widow(er)s across the United States.
Young, Black & Widowed Inc. is a progressive 501(c)3 nonprofit, plus podcast, which connects Millennial & Generation Z widow(er)s of color to a daily one-on-one peer support line, engages widow(er)s in weekly grief support groups, educates widow(er)s about grief resources and survivor benefits, supports them and future generations with scholarships to impact their careers, gives them a creative outlet via the community podcast to express subjects like the mental exasperation of being isolated during Covid-19 as a widow(er), the challenges of solo-parent during a global pandemic, the disproportionate loss of life in the Black community, societal stigmas against LGBTQ+ people and racial injustices we all suffer within our everyday lives. In effort to deal with the physical and mental traumas widow(er)s face, the nonprofit links widow(er)s to professionals within their home cities, across the United States. All services are 100% free.
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M I S S I O N
Katelyn Basarab - New York City
The mission of the nonprofit, Young, Black & Widowed Inc., is to connect, engage, educate and support millennial and generation Z widow(er)s of color, which proudly includes our LGBTQ+ community.
Tyneshia Perine - Orlando
Alex Freeman - Chattanooga
Marcus Waters - Charleston
Taya Dunn Johnson - Baltimore