Houston Texas native and GRAMMY award winning singer/songwriter Beyoncé Knowles and her mother Tina Knowles Lawson are giving back to Houston in a huge way.
With the COVID-19 cases still rising in America, the CDC announced that testing supplies is becoming more available, which encouraged both Knowles and Lawson to take this time to invest in their communities.
According to the press release, the #IDidMyPart challenge is sponsored by Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD foundation and launched by Tina Knowles Lawson to encourage the funding of coronavirus testing facilities nationwide. The campaign was created to start a movement to encourage black communities to prioritize health during COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign will begin in Houston, Texas on Friday, May 8th and Saturday, May 9th.
“We have to look at what is happening in our Black and Brown communities, and how they are being decimated by COVID-19” Knowles Lawson said in a statement. “The virus is wreaking havoc on the Black community so we need a movement to prioritize our health,” she continued, citing a recent report from the CDC that as of April 23, 33.7% of COVID patients were African American, even though African Americans comprise 13% of US population. And as per the CDC, as of mid-April, roughly 33% of all fatalities are African American.
In addition to giving 1,000 free COVID-19 test, they will be providing Houston citizens with face masks, gloves, essential vitamins and household supplies. The test is administered under safe conditions as participants will never have to exit their vehicles.
Tyler Perry has even accepted the #IDidMyPart challenge and will be launching mobile testing facilities in Atlanta Georgia.