Gratitude in Action

Lifting as We Climb

‘Tine Zekis


As we gather with gratitude in our hearts this Thanksgiving, let’s reflect on the profound importance of “lifting as we climb.” This timeless adage reminds us that our journey toward success is incomplete unless we bring others along.

A Black family sitting at a dinner table with a turkey. They are smiling and raising their glasses for a toast.

Why “Lift as We Climb” Matters for Black Women

In the steep climb we face when navigating Corporate America, supporting one another becomes not just an act of kindness but a powerful catalyst for change. For Black women, this mantra is a call to solidarity, recognizing that our individual successes are intertwined with the progress of our community.

Ways to Support the Black Community, Especially on Black Friday

  1. Shop Black-Owned Businesses: Explore and support Black women-owned businesses. Your purchases can make a significant impact on the success and growth of these entrepreneurs.
  2. Buy Black on Black Friday: This holiday season, consider making your Black Friday shopping a deliberate effort to support Black-owned businesses. Look for Black entrepreneurs and creators in your shopping list, whether it’s gifts for loved ones or treating yourself.
  3. Invest in Education: Contribute to educational initiatives that empower Black women and girls. Education is a transformative force that opens doors and breaks down barriers.
  4. Mentorship and Networking: Extend a hand to the next generation. Share your experiences, offer mentorship, and foster a network that uplifts and empowers.
  5. Community Service: Give back through volunteer work. Whether it’s at local community centers or organizations, your time and skills can make a positive difference.
A Black woman in an apron, smiling with arms crossed in front of a storefront window.

This Thanksgiving and Black Friday, let’s not only give thanks for the blessings in our lives but also give back to the community that has supported us. As we express gratitude, let’s demonstrate our commitment to fostering a community of support and empowerment. By intentionally choosing to shop Black on Black Friday and engaging in acts of service, we embody the spirit of “lifting as we climb” and contribute to a legacy of resilience and empowerment.

Wishing you a Thanksgiving filled with warmth, gratitude, and meaningful actions.

P.S. Share your thoughts on how you plan to buy Black on Black Friday or any other initiatives you’re involved in. Let’s inspire each other to make a lasting impact!



‘Tine Zekis

Christine (‘Tine) Zekis is an author, international speaker, software engineer, and the Founder & CEO of Getting Black Women Paid