Equality

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No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

- Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

At the Hurtt foundation, we believe equality is a foundational tenet of healing. We proudly stand against systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, and all other forms of prejudice and bigotry. Simply put, everyone should be entitled to the same treatment and respect regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

In light of this pursuit, we offer community workshops that serve to educate people on the injustices our brothers and sisters are facing out in the world each day. The Hurtt Foundation actively advocates for marginalized groups through numerous outreach events, workshops, and nationwide broadcasts on radio and television.

Esteem

Unfortunately, mental illness is often regarded as taboo within the African American community. As a result, many are forced to hide their mental health issues which in turn perpetuates this debilitating stigma.

At the Hurtt Foundation, our mission is to help hurting people heal, and we recognize that mental suffering is an important part of the equation. Indeed, whatever issues people are dealing with in their lives, true healing cannot be achieved without proper attention and care given to the mental and emotional side of pain.

Therefore, we strive to create a safe space without judgment to facilitate open dialogue on mental health issues that people may be facing. Through our community workshops, we hope to raise awareness of and eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness while giving people the tools to better manage their stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Education

At the Hurtt Foundation, we believe education is power. We are a strong proponent of higher education and believe in its ability to unlock vocational success and sustained financial security for our youth and their families.

We also understand that college is often a luxury that is disproportionately inaccessible to people within our communities. The Hurtt Foundation is committed to alleviating the financial burden of higher education while providing young people with the training and skills to succeed on an unavoidably unlevel playing field.

We are proud to have awarded countless scholarships to high school students in order for them to attend universities all over the United States, including graduate programs at the University of Michigan. We also offer numerous internship programs where young people can gain invaluable work experience in addition to developing real-world perspective outside of the classroom.

Economics

According to financial literacy advocate Vince Shorb, “College graduates spend 16 years gaining skills that will help them command a higher salary, yet little or no time is spent helping them save, invest, and grow their money.”

Financial literacy is not traditionally taught in schooling, but it is an undeniably essential ingredient for success in life. At the Hurtt Foundation, we understand the transformative value of teaching financial literacy in our communities. We offer workshops around the country that provide training for critical skills involving budgeting, first-time home buying, and investing.

We also believe in the importance of reinvesting wealth in our communities. Therefore, we engage in numerous community development projects all over the nation. Moreover, we recognize that our communities cannot thrive without the sustained success of all of our family-owned businesses. Thus, we continue to promote small businesses in our communities and provide assistance in whatever ways we can.