In This Together: Lemonade Stand for Racial Equality, Rosemary Ketchum Makes West Virginia History


Lemonade Stand for Racial Equality

Amanda Gorman wasn’t expecting backlash when she and her family displayed a Black Lives Matter sign on their yard.
After the homemade sign was whitewashed with paint by an anonymous vandal, Gorman had a conversation with her neighbor Chelsea O’Donnell who came up with a creative way to respond to the situation.
O’Donnell suggested making a lemonade stand, and whatever money they raised from it could be used to buy books about racial diversity and equality for local libraries and elementary schools in their area.  
Gorman posted about the prospective lemonade stand online and said that they raised  more than $1,500 in online donations before the stand even opened. Since then, they have raised about $6,000 in online contributions. When they opened the stand in person, Gorman said they raised around $900 in about three hours.
O’Donnell and Gorman have since built a toolkit to help families across the country set up their own “Lemonade 4 Change” stands.

One Woman’s Historic Election In West Virginia

Rosemary Ketchum made history in June when she became the first openly transgender elected official in West Virginia.
The former community organizer was elected to Wheeling City Council.
“Representation matters. Trans people, our issues, our ideas, and our lived experiences should be represented in every branch of government,” Ketchum said. “The days of ‘business as usual’ are over. Trans people have the strength and resilience to lead this nation and should be offered every opportunity to do so. If a trans person is thinking of running for office — they should.”

This episode is sponsored by Ulta Beauty.