UniTee Design Celebrates Black History Every Day 365 Days a Year
- UniTee Design, Inc (UDI), an ethnic empowerment enterprise with
offices in Detroit, Atlanta and New York plans to celebrate Black
history every day, 365 days a year, as a way to promote the education
of Black youth to their rich heritage and the many achievements of
The "Make Black History Every Day 365" initiative will be featured
daily on www.uniteedesign.com, where daily motivational quotes,
photos and stories will be featured honoring Black history to educate
and inspire children (and adults) every day of the year.
UDI Founder R. Lee Gordon funds, develops and delivers educational
programs that motivate children to want to learn and succeed by
leveraging their common interests in video games, music, sports,
fashion, etc. Current programs include a self-defense and safety
awareness workshop for grade school students, a summer camp that
teaches creative arts and merchandising to inner-city youth, and a
high school fashion career development program.
Gordon generates revenue for these and other programs by selling
designer T-shirts that bear the red, black and green colors of
African-American culture. Several of the stylish shirts also
incorporate positive principles that Black culture represents:
a "pride" in heritage and history; the "power to overcome negative
circumstances and / or environments; and, a "purpose" he believes
every child needs to inspire love of self, and to flourish to his or
her fullest potential. Gordon also encourages youth (and adults) to
serve one another and their communities as "Purpose Providers,
advocates who further instill pride of Black culture.
"We need to uplift our young generation through knowledge of their
culture and develop opportunities to better their academic and
professional successes," says Gordon. "Our clothing helps them, and
all of us, to appreciate and be proud of our culture and history."
Gordon has designed a new tee-shirt incorporating the "365" theme
which he plans to promote at live events throughout the country.
In addition to developing a student outreach program with Eastern
Michigan University that will forge partnerships between colleges and
not-for-profit community agencies, UDI is establishing a national
peer mentor initiative to match college students with high school
students, and high school students with grade school students, and
empower Black youth to strive for and achieve higher education goals
that will result in improved academic and professional outcomes.