For more than a year now, Black Witch has written and maintained one of the few blogs online devoted exclusively to pagans of color. Her blog has been a true oasis in the dearth of responses you get when googling "black wicca pagan witch" or some such combo of keywords.
It is also an entertaining and informative resource for newbies and veterans alike, and her column "Ask Black Witch" has helped many a newbie (myself included) with their questions about the Craft.
Now the community can give back to Black Witch by 1) voting for her blog (deadline is TODAY) in the Black Weblog Awards ('Best Faith Based Blog' category) and 2) making a donation by June 21 to help send her to the Black Weblog Awards ceremony held in Los Angeles on July 9.
Black Witch has already raised nearly half of the $500 needed to attend the ceremony; let's all rally and help her raise the remaining $250. Every dollar counts no matter how small.
All donators will be automatically enrolled in a raffle, eligible to win such pagan-themed goodies as a Tree of Life pendant, incense, smudge sticks, tarot cards and more. Please visit the Black Witch site for details.
Why is this so important? This will be a chance, in the words of Black Witch:
"to represent the Black Pagan community on a global scale. The funds cover airfare and stay.
It is already a great opportunity to be a part of the Black Weblog Awards but what would be better is to actually be there and help put a face on the Black Pagan Faith, a faith that is often ignored in favor of the Abrahamic religions, Christianity in particular.
The Faith Category in the Black Weblog Awards is usually dominated by Christian blogs and occasionally Islam or even Atheist but never anything besides that. Already it is noteworthy that a Black Pagan blog has made it as a finalist but I think it would be even better physically to be in L. A. to accept the award. The Black Weblog Awards is one of the biggest Black blogger competitions worldwide so it would definitely be a recognized act, especially with the first live ceremony they will have this year.
If you are a Black Pagan and always wanted to see your own succeed, now is your chance to help through giving. If you just want to see a different faith accepting the award, now is your chance through giving (and voting). Success don't come 100% by itself, sometimes help is needed and now I need your help, readers, in getting me to L.A. to represent the column and Black Paganism as a whole."
So time's a runnin' out! Please head over to the Black Witch blog for all the fabulous details (especially about those raffle prizes).