When we established Stele a year ago, our initial plan was the name the company, Marker. We wanted our hats to be a marker, a signal, a sign, of hope for people. To either be inspired by others who wear the hats or to give inspiration through donning a hat of their own.
Due to trademark issues, we had to search for another name. When our co-founder Julie came across the word "stele" (pronounced STEE-lee), we knew we found the name of our company.
A Stele is a monument with an inscription. In our terms, that means a marker of hope.
Our mission now is to design hats and share stories that provide hope. Those that inspire us to be better, to be motivated to change, to make this world a stronger community where we kick the influence of the critics and we bond together.
These protests show the pain and hurt black Americans (and other minorities) have bottled up for so long. And the more we study to understand, the more we realize how deep the pain goes.
We're committed to helping make a change.
Just as Break The Stigma is meant to promote the acceptance of speaking up about your mental health, it is meant to represent the breaking of all stigmas.
Social stigma is the disapproval of, or discrimination against, a person based on perceivable social characteristics that serve to distinguish them from other members of a society. Social stigmas are commonly related to culture, gender, race, intelligence, and health.
We want to break these stigmas and a portion of proceeds from the break the stigma hat will go to several organizations that promote hope toward making change. Organizations regarding mental health, race, cultural divides, and building a better community.
We want the Black Lives Matter movement to know we want to help! We've provided resources below that have helped us to understand the situation and have motivated us even further to take action to help make change.
Launching our company in 2020 could be seen as having the odds stacked against us. We take it as a challenge. We don't mind being or supporting the underdog.
Be Brave. Have Heart.
Brock, Julie, and the Stele Team.
Thank you to our friends at Trainual for their curation of a lot of these resources. We've added a few of our own.
8 Non-Monetary Acts of Support
(that work from anywhere in the world)
1. Be actively involved in the conversations circulating social media by sharing Black experiences and Anti-racist resources to spread awareness
Books to Read
- "Freedom Is a Constant Struggle" by Angela Davis
- "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander
- "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah
- "British Museum" by Daljit Nagra
- "Beloved" by Toni Morrison
- "Noname in the Streets" by James Baldwin
- "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Mary Angelou
-"Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson
Podcasts to Listen to
- 1619 by the New York Times (Listen here)
- About Race (Listen here)
- Momentum: a Race Forward Podcast (Listen here)
- The Diversity Gap (Listen here)
- Code Switch by NPR (Listen here)
Free Resources to Read and Access
- Template For Employer Accountability by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle (Access here)
- "Making America White Again" by Toni Morrison (Read here)
- "How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change" by Barack Obama (Read here)
- "I, Too" by Langston Hughes (Read here)
- "Nothing to Add: An Excerpt from Understanding and Dismantling Privilege" by Robin Diangelo (Read here)
- "Why you Need to Stop Saying 'All Lives Matter" by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle (Read here)
Books to Share with Children
- "My People" by Langston Hughes
- "Homemade Love" by bell hooks
- "Momma, Did You Hear the News" by Sanya Whitaker Gragg
- "We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices" edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson
- "Shades of Black" by Sandra L. Pinkney & Myles C. Pinkney
- "Not My Idea" by Anastasia Higginbotham
Videos to Watch
- 13th (Stream on Netflix)
- If Beale Street Could Talk (Stream on Hulu)
- I am Not Your Negro (Rent on YouTube)
- The Hate U Give (Stream on Hulu)
- See You Yesterday (Stream on Netflix)
- Ruby Bridges (Stream on Disney+)
- When They See Us (Stream on Netflix)
- Just Mercy (Rent for Free anywhere online during June)
- Selma (Rent for Free anywhere online during June)