Our work

We work to close gaps and increase equity.



of combined experience
black hand joined in solidarity
0 %
of Chicago's Homeless citizens are Black.
0 %
Only 50% of Black parents felt their childs’ academic needs were met.
0 k
Between 2000-2022 the black student population has decreased more than 104,000.
0 k+
Over 200,000 black people in Illinois are without jobs.

We Are Chicago's Migrant Crisis

Millions of African-Americans migrated to Chicago from the south, in what is known as the Great Black Migration, to escape violence, lack of jobs and to be able to provide access to quality education. The same thing that brought us here is forcing us to leave.

From 1980 – 2020, Chicago’s Black population has declined from 1.2M to 800K.


Our Initiatives


Black Student Success Plan We are requesting that CPS establish a Task force and funding be earmarked to close the opportunity gap to invest in Black student achievement.


Office of Black Americans/ Freedman Bureau


Bring Back Black Chicago


Safe, Accessible + Healthy Communities
According to the City of Chicago Police crime data 85% of homicide and shooting crime victims are Black. In addition, our community suffers from the lowest life expectancy rate due to chronic disease, infant mortality, infectious diseases, and drug use. We demand funding be set aside to support a community driven health campaign connecting city and state agencies together to provide resources and close gaps.

CPS Needs Our Help

According to the Illinois State Board of Education, the achievement gap between Black and white students is currently 36 percentage points with a 10-point gap between Latinx and Black students.

We are requesting that Chicago Public Schools establish a Black Student Task Force to work in concert with the district to support our children’s academic growth— increasing graduation, college and career success rates.”
—Natasha Dunn


Epidemic Unemployment

“The Black community in Chicago has been in a pandemic before the pandemic even started.” -Brian Mullins

Black Chicagoans have experienced an epidemic of unemployment and violence most notably in the last three decades.  Research continues to show us that education outcomes such as graduation rates, math and literacy grade level performance & school discipline data have a direct influence on the community’s financial viability.


SOS: Save Our School





expire date

let's hit our goal!

Goal Journey 0.53%

join team bcc

sign up for our
bCC newsletter
+ SOS Text List

Get our monthly newsletter of community happenings and BCC updates, along with call-to-action texts for immediate community action.

why us?


    BCC Community Events



    For years we have been politely requesting that Chicago Public Schools (CPS) create a Black Student Achievement Task Force. As a result of massive school closures, of which 90% were in Black neighborhoods, our children have fallen even further behind. On July 24, we are headed to the CPS School Board meeting to insist our task force gets created.



    natasha dunn bcc executive director

    Co-Founder Executive Director

    Natasha Dunn

    Decades long community organizer, activist & CPS parent.

    Natasha Dunn

    Founder | Executive Director

    Natasha has over twenty years of experience working to empower Illinois residents. She has dedicated the majority of her life in service with Labor Unions, Chicago Public Schools, Grassroots Social Justice and Service Organizations. Natasha has organized residents and facilitated training for youth, parents, teachers and community leaders to improve conditions of Chicago neighborhood schools and parks. She is a data geek and strategist that enjoys connecting people to resources and opportunity. Natasha has been a guest speaker on CNN, Expo For Today's Black Woman, WVON, and The National Consumer League's Centennial Conference.

    Natasha has a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and traveling.

    Founding Board Member

    tanesha peeples

    Roots Initiative founder providing collaboration and insight.

    Tanesha Peeples

    Founding Member

    Tanesha Peeples is driven by one question in her work–“If not me then who?”

    Tanesha is the Founder of The Roots Initiative, a Surge Institute alumni and member of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoc). As a strategist and injustice interrupter, Tanesha merges the worlds of communications and grassroots activism to push for the dismantling, re-imagining and rebuilding of systems that have historically and presently harm marginalized communities. Her passion for people and relentless pursuit of equality, justice and liberation drive her in uplifting and amplifying the voices and advocacy of those that are often ignored, specifically in public education. Tanesha's work has been featured in Blavity, Ebony Magazine, The Black Wall Street Times and Chalkbeat and she’s appeared on a number of news platforms, educational panels and podcasts. She’s been recognized as a “Mover and Shaker '' with Black Minds Matter, is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, proud Chicagoan and DJ.

    Tanesha wholeheartedly believes that education is one of the most important foundations for success. Her grand vision is one where everyone—regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender or zip code—can have access to a comfortable quality of life and enjoy the freedoms and liberties promised to all Americans. And that’s what she works towards every day.
    brian mullins

    Founding Board Member

    brian Mullins

    Freedman and civic educator.

    get involved

    it takes a village


    JoinTeam BCC in our efforts to protect and prosper Black Americans.


    We love joining forces with like-minded organizations. Get in touch.


    Donate today to help us close the education, health and equity gaps.

    join the black community collaborative in our efforts to bring equity to black Americans.

    Our Affiliated Organizations