Beyoncé and her mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, have teamed up to support mobile coronavirus testing in their hometown of Houston, Texas.
The #IDIDMYPART initiative was started by Lawson. The initiative is dedicated to increasing testing in African American communities. Since the start of the Pandemic many studies have shown that communities of color are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19 because of lack of available resources, including testing. The studies also show African Americans make up a large percentage of fatalities.
Attendees can expect to receive more than a testing kit, they can also expect to be given face masks, vitamins, gloves, a grocery gift card from H-E-B Grocery Company, a hot meal voucher to Frenchy’s Chicken and Burns Original Bar-B-Q, written materials with updated safety guidelines and household supplies.
However, there are only 1,000 of each item for the entire weekend.
“On Friday, May 8th, United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) Healthcare staff will administer 500 COVID-19 tests in Houston's 3rd Ward at Cullen Middle School, located at 6900 Scott Street, Houston, Texas 77021. Testing will take place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
On Saturday, May 9th, an additional 500 tests will be administered again by UMMC, this time in North Houston at Forest Brook Middle School, 7525 Tidwell, Houston, Texas 77016. Testing will also take place from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.”
Lawson also challenged Tyler Perry to start a campaign in Atlanta which he has accepted. These challenges come as Houston, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia and other cities begin to reopen and end their social distancing practices.
The challenge will continue as Perry is supposed to challenge another celebrity.
To find out more about the #IDIDMYPART initiative click here.