Charlea BingBlack N Tampa Tampa, FL Award Year: 2023
Driven by her passion for equality, Charlea Bing is a powerful voice in the ongoing struggle against inequality. After the murder of George Floyd, Bing published the first issue of Black N Tampa magazine in order to provide a comprehensive guide to local Black organizations, restaurants, and businesses that she wanted the Tampa community to support. Bing participated in Black Lives Matter protests across Tampa Bay, restored a Belmont Heights community garden to combat food insecurity, and taught an interactive course on protest that empowers demonstrators and fosters connections with other organizers. Bing created “Black N Therapy,” a free mental health program for Black women and men that she hopes will become a well-known and trusted organization in Tampa’s Black community. She provided free tutoring services for predominantly Black elementary schools in Hillsborough County. She is pursuing a degree in African-American Studies from Florida A&M University.