It is sad that so few people know about the many Black individuals who have overcome challenges to succeed and contribute to our society.
Your donations are needed to help the Wenard Institute create encyclopedic quality biographies of these individuals. These biographies will inspire and educate the public and will help fight smarter against discrimination.
The mission of the Wenard Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is to fill in gaps that exist in information available online.
Many of these information gaps disproportionally affect the Black community. As an example, the civil rights movement is a very recent event in our history, where racism and discrimination first gained nationwide scrutiny. Only after the movement, did hardcopy texts even begin to appear detailing the lives and successes of members of Black communities. Most of these texts are still under copyright and are unavailable in the public domain until the year 2060.
The Wenard Institute will undertake an organized and concentrated effort to seek out information on Black individuals and their communities.
The Institute will use its volunteers and diverse staff to create high quality articles and biographies and donate them to the public domain. The Institute uses Wikipedia as one of its platforms because it is the most visited content site in the world and is free for everyone.
An example of one of our recent works is the biography of the first African American woman to reach the rank of colonel in the US. Her story is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_E._Bailey.
The Wenard Institute volunteers use a variety of technological advancements to produce encyclopedia quality articles at a much lower cost than in the commercial world.
Our goal for 2021 is to produce more than 200 Black biographies and increase awareness of the many Black individuals who have overcome challenges to succeed and contribute to our society.