Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show®, distributed $50,000 to 50 Houston-area families who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. The effort was just one example of Joyner’s distribution of over $500,000 raised to date for the BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund supporting families, friends and those in the community that have taken in people impacted by both Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Carolyn Scantlebury, former Houston NAACP president, also participated in the distribution. They thanked Joyner for his help and reinforced the long road ahead for Houston’s recovery. Mayor Turner reflected on the significance of yesterday’s support on this morning’s Tom Joyner Morning Show.
As Jackson Lee concluded her remarks, she presented Joyner with a congressional proclamation, thanking him for his efforts, then promptly took a symbolic knee as a nod to the current national movement to fight against police violence. She also urged the 50 recipients and their guests to stay vigilant, challenging them and local officials to get them the support they need.
The event took place Sunday, Oct. 8 at the offices of MAJIC 102.1 FM in Houston.
Joyner along with Turner, MAJIC deejays and other executives, including Pamela MacKay, the station’s Vice President general manager, distributed funds to families who had submitted applications to the BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund’s website, BAWReliefFund.org. The local NAACP office assisted the Relief Fund in helping to identify recipients. The Relief Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
In 2004, Tom Joyner created the BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund, building off his “Party with a Purpose”™ philosophy. Thanks to listener and corporate donations they were able to distribute over $2.5 million dollars specifically to families housing evacuees from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, becoming what Slate.com called him, ‘The Voice of Katrina.’ Through the years, Hurricanes Rita and Sandy, and now Harvey and Irma, have once again called the Relief Fund to arms.