The Black Hats Collective™
Who We Are and How We Came To Be
The Black Hats Collective™ is an organization that was created on May 7, 2016 in Gainesville, Fl to inspire Black people in the community to be the creators of their own destiny—locally and globally.
It was founded by Dell Hannah and it has grown since then to be an information hub for social justice, education, and unity.
TBHC believes the black hat is a symbolic representation of a rites of passage for young men and women to raise their consciousness and to become mature and intelligent individuals within their community.
The organization strategizes on how to bring the vision of sovereignty to fruition. TBHC knows the value of meeting people where they are and that in order to get through to someone, you got to speak their language.
The organization hosted several events throughout the years to inform and educate the community with the goal of creating a better quality of life to those who attended.
TBHC hosted a Stand Your Ground Forum to educate residents about the law, offered a Tenants’ Rights Forum to teach residents their rights about renting, and the organization gave a free workshop titled Wealth Building Stepping Stones to educate residents about creating generational wealth.
The organization created the B.R.U.H. Program, which stands for Black Rally of United Heroes, in 2018 at Lincoln Middle School in Gainesville to educate students on the heroes of the past and present. TBHC is working towards expanding the program to more schools in the area.
The organization also created Black Air Men (B.A.M.) and Black Farmers of the Future (B.F.F.) in 2020.
B.A.M. was created to inspire and teach Black people how to fly and aircraft and create opportunities in the aviation field.
B.F.F. was created to provide produce, sustainability, and healthy foods to the Black community.
TBHC received two certificates of appreciation from the Reichert House on Aug. 6, 2020 for offering B.A.M. and B.F.F. lessons to the youths.
Also, TBHC was one of the leading organizations to support the initiative to include Black History in the Alachua County Public Schools curriculum and provides educational trips to expand the minds of individuals.
The organization also hosted empowering events like for Kwanzaa to teach the community on one of the holiday’s principles called ‘Kujichagulia’ which is translated to self-determination and an event to celebrate the life and legacy of the Honorable Marcus Garvey.
The thought starts the race towards success
and the finish line is the victory.
-Dell Hannah, TBHC Founder and President
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