New T-Shirt Line Says "Thank You" to Black History Makers, Pledges No More Hidden Figures

Veronica Chapman, Stephanie Campbell Dec 11, 2018
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How often have you learned about a historic accomplishment made by a Black person in America and wondered, why am I just now hearing about this? The answer is because it’s by design. As some U.S. corporations and politicians distort American history by either misrepresenting actual events or altogether omitting the contributions of marginalized people from textbooks and public school curriculums, new apparel company Thank You Tees is returning the power to educate to the people.

Thank You Tees was founded by HBCU graduates Stephanie Campbell (Howard University) and Veronica N. Chapman (Spelman College). The t-shirts provide people an opportunity to learn about and express gratitude for the countless contributions of Black Americans. While all Americans benefit from the ingenuity of Black thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, educators, and activists, many of these contributions aren’t celebrated as part of the American tapestry.

Thank You Tee’s mission is to bring awareness to hidden figures by building an army of Thank You Tee envoys who want to educate the world about this unsung American history. To achieve this mission, each shirt includes the company’s Thank You logo along with the name of a Black history maker. The bold design prompts people to inquire about the featured person or research the name themselves—mission accomplished.

Stephanie Campbell, CEO of Thank You Tees, explains, “Thank You Tees engages all people, and most importantly Black people, in a collective sharing of Black history in America. There is a great sense of pride and healing that can come from learning about and celebrating our ancestors’ contributions to our nation, especially considering the obstacles they encountered."

COO of Thank You Tees Veronica N. Chapman adds, “As we consider the future of this nation, and what is required for it to truly become great, we have to give credit and praise where it is due. All Americans must commit to listening to each other and learning about all the threads that are sewn into this American fabric. I am grateful to be able to highlight Black contributions to the United States in this creative way, and I encourage anyone whose people are otherized in America to do the same.”


To learn more about Thank You Tees, visit:

Website: https://www.thanksaredue.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thankyoutees/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thankyoutees/


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About the Authors

Veronica Chapman

Veronica N. Chapman is a serial entrepreneur, playwright, and author, having written and produced Ancestors Inc., a motivational play for teens, and published two books, The Advent of Planet Martyr: An Innovative Social Commentary, and children's book, I Know I Can!. A graduate of Spelman College (B.A. in Spanish) and Babson College (M.B.A.), she is committed to using her gifts to act upon her ideas and improve the world. Accordingly, Veronica founded Boxxout Enterprises where she designs creative solutions for social change. Each of her endeavors, Potlucks for Progress, My Crowning Jewel, BlackBabyBooks.com, and Thank You Tees are in line with this commitment.

Stephanie Campbell

Stephanie is a master facilitator, educator and entrepreneur. She is deeply committed to using her talents and gifts in communities of color by fostering multiracial relationships and dismantling structural racism through racial equity workshops. Stephanie’s work is influenced by the words of Shirley Chisholm “You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." Thank You Tees is a venture that integrates all of Stephanie’s passions: education, racial equity and activism.

Stephanie has spent the majority of her professional tenure advocating and supporting public health initiatives to help improve the health outcomes of communities of color in Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor of science from Howard University in Washington D.C. and a master of public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.