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Black Lens Spokane: Resurgence of a Community Beacon

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Black Lens Spokane: A Community’s Voice Revived

Spokane’s landscape of local journalism has been marked by resilience and a spirit of community. In the heart of this spirited city, Black Lens Spokane, the only Black newspaper, stands out as a beacon of civil rights advocacy and local news. As we dive into the story of this remarkable publication, let’s explore how a local brewery’s support embodies the essence of Spokane’s collective spirit.

The Stirring History of The Black Lens

Established by civil rights activist Sandy Williams in 2015, Black Lens Spokane began as an independent monthly publication. It swiftly became a pillar in the African American community, shining a light on stories that might otherwise go untold. The publication, however, faced an untimely hiatus in 2022 which was followed by the tragic loss of Sandy Williams in a plane crash. Known for her unwavering commitment to justice, she left a legacy that resonates deeply within the Spokane community and beyond.

No-Li Brewhouse: Brewing Support for Local Journalism

In a heartwarming display of solidarity, No-Li Brewhouse has stepped up with a generous $10,000 contribution, further expressing its deep roots in community support. John Bryant, co-founder of No-Li Brewhouse, remarked on this commitment to Black Lens Spokane as a reflection of their culture and a gesture towards uplifting the Black voice.

Their efforts don’t just end with financial support; they aspire to inspire other businesses to also step forward. Here’s to hoping that the wave of support continues to surge, helping keep the community’s narrative alive and thriving.

Building a Legacy: The Sandy Williams and Carl Maxey Center

Williams’ dedication extended beyond Black Lens Spokane, with her playing an instrumental role in founding the Carl Maxey Center. This non-profit organization has been fundamental in transforming lives and championing the well-being of Spokane’s African American community.

The anticipated relaunch of Black Lens Spokane as an insert in Spokane’s largest newspaper, The Spokesman-Review, and its availability as a free newspaper across town, fortifies the community’s access to a diverse range of voices and experiences.

Call to Action: Supporting The Black Lens

The revival of Black Lens Spokane is set for February 4th, a date that the community eagerly anticipates. As No-Li Brewhouse has illustrated, supporting this paper isn’t just a donation; it’s an investment in Spokane’s cultural fabric.

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to join the movement by contributing to the Sandy Williams Black Lens Fund via the Innovia foundation. This endeavor is not just about bringing back a newspaper—it’s about reigniting a community’s passion for storytelling, justice, and collective progress.

Ever-Lasting Impact: A Community’s Voice Through Black Lens Spokane

Albeit the heartache of past events, the narrative of Black Lens Spokane continues, championed by the unwavering dedication of local advocates and the generosity of entities like No-Li Brewhouse. Their stories reach far beyond the magazine racks of Spokane, touching hearts and evoking inspiration across the nation.

Let’s rally behind Black Lens Spokane, ensuring its ability to report, inform, and engage for many years to come. Because, after all, every community deserves a voice that echoes its triumphs, its challenges, and its heart.

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Ethan Parker is a seasoned craft beer aficionado with a palate fine-tuned through years of exploring breweries worldwide. As the founder of Brew Scoop, he blends his passion for storytelling with his extensive knowledge of brewing techniques and beer culture. Ethan’s dedication to the craft beer community is evident in his efforts to educate and connect beer lovers while advocating for sustainable brewing practices.