About this Event
On Saturday, January 09, 2021 @ 1:00 PM the Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce will host its 2021 New Year Celebration. Toyota North America is this year's Gold Sponsor.
The keynote speaker for the occasion is Darren L. James, President and COO of KAI Texas and Board Chairman for the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce.
The first ever virtual affair will serve as the formal installation ceremony for the 2021 Installation of Officers and Board of Directors. The afternoon festivities will award several youth scholarships, Trailblazer Awards to local Collin County community leaders & business owners. The event will include a showcase of local vendors, silent auction and door prizes.
A Message From Our President
With tears in my eyes and pain in my heart, I mourn with you. As we cope
with the Covid-19 pandemic and its disproportionate effects on our
country, the fabric of America also seems to unravel to the affirmation of
racial and social injustice. While each of us may deal with our own
personal feelings as it relates to the unjustly murder of George Floyd,
Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tamire Rice and far too many more of our
brothers and sisters, I urge us to remain hopeful and continue to stand
for change. Standing in unity, let’s reflect on how we as a community...
as a Chamber family can contribute meaningful dialogue and plans of action
in the fight against inequality, discrimination, and racism of any kind.
I am hopeful that we all find a voice to request those in authority within
public safety to recognize the humanity and dignity of African Americans.
It is also important that we communicate and have an open conversation
with our friends and/or colleagues of a different race. Communication is
necessary for positive resolution. I would like to share a personal
experience. In a recent conversation with a friend of a different race, I
was surprised to learn she took offense to “Black Lives Matter” as she
assumed it meant only “Black Lives Matter”. Because she was open to hear
and see from my lens as a black woman and have open dialogue, she was able
to understand the deeper roots of the BLM slogan. While ALL lives matter,
I was grateful for the discussion and the chance to share that the meaning
of Black Lives Matter exceeds far beyond the literal term. It is a
cause... a plea… a movement for change. The message promotes awareness
of historical & habitual social inequality and police brutality against
Blacks. It’s a proclamation and advocacy for change to abolish
injustice, lack of dignity, and disrespect of Black humanity. Our simple,
yet important discussion caused her to openly share this new understanding
with her personal community. To witness this shift in understanding was
Friends, the fact remains that despite the numbness most of us feel, we
must still be mentally present for our family, our career and our
community. We must still show up and showcase strength each and every
day. Through it all, we, your Collin County Black Chamber understands
this and stand with you. Please know we are committed to having ongoing
meaningful dialogue to address any form of racism, hatred and
discrimination. Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce supports unity
and fairness among all mankind. We choose love. To our Members and
Community as a whole, I am hopeful that sharing my recent experience and
the unity many of us witness during the Frisco peace protest gives us all
a glimpse of hope. Please keep the faith, remain hopeful and be
encouraged. We will overcome TOGETHER.
Dee Dee Bates
Collin County Black Chamber
PO Box 3426
McKinney, TX 75070-9998
Hello CCBCC Members
Our continuous prayer is that you and your family remain healthy and safe during this Covid-19 pandemic. We know it’s a time that is filled with unsettling concerns and uncertainties in the welfare of our country, however, we ask that you all stay strong, have faith and be encouraged. God is in control. We will get through this together.
During this time we will be changing how we deliver content and stay in touch with everyone. Please stay tuned and check your email and social media for updated events and information on how to stay safe and protect your business in these times.
The CCBCC Leadership
From Our President
I am excited and humbled to serve as your President. It is a time to build on our successes and continue to move forward, together. I am equally grateful for the hardworking Board Membership and Executive Committee Members, who tirelessly ensure events and programs are welcoming, engaging and....more