By Symphony Webb
May 4, 2020
HOUSTON, TX – Tina Knowles Lawson and Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD Foundation has created the new #IDIDMYPART campaign in efforts to encourage residents in their beloved home city of Houston, Texas to get tested in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.Recognizing that African American communities have an escalated rate of infections and fatalities, Ms. Knowles Lawson is pleading to Houston residents to know their status in an urgent appeal to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“The virus is wreaking havoc on the Black community so we need a movement to prioritize our health…we are all in this together. But we have to look at what is happening in our Black and Brown communities and how they are being decimated by COVID-19,” Knowles Lawson continues. “It is critical that we stay vigilant with social distancing, wearing a mask, and most of all getting tested. If you don’t get tested then you don’t know if you are a carrier of the virus. Being asymptomatic is how you infect your entire household and those around you, the very people you love. We have got to go to these free testing facilities and find out our status.”
Knowles Lawson also took to Instagram last week with a video message to encourage residents of Houston to get tested and to take the current pandemic seriously.
This weekend’s effort will provide 1,000 test kits, face masks, gloves, essential vitamins, and household supplies to citizens of Houston administered by The United Memorial Medical Center, initiated by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee. The test is free and administered under safe conditions as participants will never have to exit their vehicles.
“Testing is crucial because it helps find hot spots and saves lives,” offers Congresswoman Jackson-Lee.
Participants receiving a test will also receive a grocery gift card from H-E-B Grocery Company and a voucher for a hot meal from two local favorite restaurants, Frenchy’s Chicken and Burns Original Bar-B-Q, also compliments of BeyGOOD.
Tyler Perry, has accepted Knowles Lawson’s challenge to do the same and will set up his own #IDIDMYPART campaign in Atlanta, Georgia. He will then challenge another celebrity to continue the movement in their city.
Testing Venue Info:
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.
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.
BeyGOOD’s, Director, Ivy McGregor, looks forward to individuals, whether famous or not, and businesses, local and national, joining forces with Tina Knowles Lawson and BeyGOOD in building the movement to make a difference in the communities.
“We must all do our part in saving lives and protecting our communities,” says McGregor. “What Ms. Tina has created is a huge step in showing us that we must put our health first.”
For information on how your business could partner with BeyGOOD COVID-19 relief efforts, please send an email to BeyGood@parkwood-ent.com