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CARE’s Black History Month Series is Dedicated to Raising Funds for African American Veterinarian Students

4 Discussions, Free, All African American Speakers, all in an effort to CHANGE THE 2% — Fundraising for Black Veterinarian Scholarships

If you don’t know, African Americans only represent 2% of the Veterinary field. CARE is helping to raise that number. Last year we realized that there is an extremely low number of Black Veterinary students. There is also a large number that are at risk of dropping out due to costs and financial hardships.

And like last year, we are raising awareness around changing the 2% Black Veterinarian figure. We will also raise funds for our Dr. Jodie G Blackwell Scholarship. Moreover, ALL fundraising for January and February will go towards Black Veterinarian Scholarships for African American students

Registration is FREE! But you have to sign up ahead of time. 

BHM James Baldwin

Black Queers CARE: American Historical Figures and Kinship
Wednesday, February 2, 7:00 pm

Week 1: Join CARE’s Chief of Research and Development, Johnny Jenkins. Thereupon, he will be leading a group session with activists and scholars discussing Black American queer historical figures. On top of Black LGBQ+ joint kinship, as well as the role companion pets in our traditional and non-traditional families. With that being said, Special Guests will be announced soon!

(photo credit: Ted Thai/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty)

Recorded Zoom below:

The Lingering Effects of Structural Racism on Housing
Wednesday, February 9, 7:00 pm

High-quality, stable housing is central to the health and well-being of all families. However, many obstacles are placed in the path of Black Americans. As a result, this makes it very difficult to access housing options, which continues to have a negative impact to the Black community. Join a chat with CARE’s Board Secretary, Kara D. Beverly, Esq., and Baltimore City Councilman, Dr. John T. Bullock. This is where they will discuss the impact of redlining and gentrified groups, the heightened effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a plan of action for a path forward.

Recorded Zoom Video:

Black Proximate Leaders
Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 pm

CARE’s Senior Director of Research and Development, Mueni Rudd, will aid in a talk with our Black-led CARE Centers. What’s more, is they will address how we can improve Black communities’ access to local pet resources. In addition to how animal welfare can begin to acknowledge and repair harm with Black communities locally.


Sterling Davis – Trapking Humane,
Dr. Karlyn Emile – Community and Health Empowerment Network,
Tim Freeman – Braveheart Pets,
Beunca Gainor -Furvever I Love Atlanta,
Nina Love – The Black Thornberry,
Zhaire McCormick – The Neighborhood Center

Recorded Zoom Video:

The Power of Sankofa
Wednesday, February 23, 7:00 pm

The metaphor of “Sankofa” is a symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, often portrayed as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It teaches us we must reach back to value past knowledge in order to move forward.

Join James Evans and teammates’ talk about things we could have learned from previous Civil rights movements and leaders to truly make progress.

Recorded Zoom Video:

Black History Month 2021

Navigating Business While Black in a Time of Turbulence

Uva Coles, Inclusiva with James Evans, CARE CEO: Navigating Business While Black in a Time of Turbulence
See video here: https://vimeo.com/530611041

Pathways to Veterinary School

Dr. Hodges and Dr. Ferguson, Critter Fixers, Dr. Michael Blackwell  DVM, MPH, FNAP, Director of Program for Pet Health Equity at the Center for Behavioral Health Research at UT
See video here: https://vimeo.com/530611959

The Power of Animals: A look into Mental Health and the Animal Bond

Noah Haislah, @NoahandMilo and Personal Trainer, Candace Croney, PhD, Professor, Animal Behavior and Well-being|Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science with James Evans, CARE CEO
See video here: https://vimeo.com/530611600

We’ve partnered with the BlackDVM Network and other organizations in fundraising for scholarships that will be set aside for Black Veterinarian Students. Thus, in honor of a dear friend, respected colleague, and valued mentor, we will be naming the scholarship the Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell Scholarship Fund, after Dr. Michael J. Blackwell’s father.

Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell graduated in the 2nd class of the college of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University in 1950. Afterwards, he opened a thriving private practice in SE Oklahoma. Needless to say, Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell also worked hard towards civil rights and was chosen by the Governor of Oklahoma to the Civil Rights Commission. Following these efforts, Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell sent his son, Michael, or as most of us know him Dr. Blackwell, as one of four students to integrate Gray High School in Idabel,

Oklahoma. Furthermore, Dr. Jodie G. Blackwell continued his private practice for 18 years and eventually joined the faculty at Tuskegee University, where he spent the last 25 years of his professional life. Undoubtedly, we recognize the legacy of this family and the importance of access and awareness. Dr. Blackwell is currently the only 2nd generation Tuskegee Veterinarian graduate. By all means, we intend that he will not be the last.

Thanks to Maddie’s Fund® for their $50,000 contribution, and to Tito’s for Dog People for their $25,000 contribution. CARE thanks everyone for joining these conversations, led by our CEO James Evans. The topics crossed all industries and offer valuable lived insights on not only the problems, but most importantly solutions that black and brown have discovered. Like our events, these video are free to access. With your help in fundraising for more Black Veterinarian scholarships, CARE can increase those opportunities worldwide. To that end, we ask in lieu of a fee, if you can, donate to CARE with the note “CAREvetFund”.

*About Maddie’s Fund

Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation established in 1994 by Dave and Cheryl Duffield and, even more, is the fulfillment of a promise to their inspirational dog, Maddie. Of course, she provided them much joy from 1987 – 1997, and continues to inspire them today.

The Foundation first, has awarded nearly $250 million in grants towards increased community lifesaving, pioneering shelter medicine education, and enforcing foster care as a standard across the U.S.

Secondly, the Maddie’s Fund proudly offers the industry a national voice and important funding opportunities for bold ideas. As well as, learning resources with access to unite and share lifesaving ideas. More so, the Foundation invests its resources in a promise to keeping pets and people together. Which, lastly creates a safety net of care for animals in need and operating within a broad culture.



*About Tito’s for Dog People

In short, the vision of our Vodka for Dog People program is to better the lives of pets and their families far and wide.

Certainly, an important part of the story here at Tito’s Handmade Vodka is the innate connection we have with our canine peers above all. Since the beginning, we have worked with Tito to bring his dream to life for 20 years. Our commitment to rescuing and protecting the animals that have come into our lives, are often a lucky coincidence. In which, many of whom now thrive alongside us at our distillery and our office.




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