Tina Knowles Lawson has teamed up with her daughter Beyoncé‘s BEYGOOD to provide coronavirus relief to the Houston area.
On Monday (May 4), the native Texans announced the #IDIDMYPART campaign to encourage black communities to prioritize health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic by providing 1,000 test kits, face masks, gloves, essential vitamins and household supplies to citizens of Houston over Mother’s Day weekend, with testing beginning on Friday (May 8).
“Recognizing that African American communities have an escalated rate of infections and fatalities, Ms. Knowles Lawson is pleading to Houston residents to know their status in an urgent appeal to stop the spread of the coronavirus,” read BeyGOOD’s press release. “The test is free and administered under safe conditions as participants will never have to exit their vehicles.”
Participants will also receive a grocery gift card from BeyGOOD as well as a voucher for a hot meal to two local favorite restaurants.
“The virus is wreaking havoc on the Black community so we need a movement to prioritize our health,” Knowles Lawson said in a statement, 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.
“We are all in this together. But we have to look at what is happening in our Black and Brown communities and how they are being decimated by COVID-19,” she continued. “It is critical that we stay vigilant with social distancing, wearing a mask, and most of all getting tested. If you don’t get tested then you don’t know if you are a carrier of the virus. Being asymptomatic is how you infect your entire household and those around you, the very people you love. We have got to go to these free testing facilities and find out our status.”
Tyler Perry has also accepted Knowles Lawson’s challenge and will set up his own #IDIDMYPART campaign in Atlanta.
As fans know, Beyoncé recently teamed up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey‘s #startsmall to donate 6 million dollars, through BeyGOOD, to local community-based organizations.