If you’ve been scrolling through your feeds the last few weeks you may have seen friends gearing up for the Black Girl Movement Conference. It’s in NYC over the next few days and fortunately will be livestreamed for the many people who can’t be in the room. I decided that I was going as soon as I got word of it and here is why:
- Brought to you by black girls. The Black Girl Movement Conference was developed for and by black girls in partnership with their adult allies. Who better to be the experts in the room than the girls and young women who are the subject of the day? It is far too easy to forget that black girls are not only experts in their own experiences, but they are fierce agents of change. A movement that centers black girls as partners and agents of change is precisely where I want to be.
- Researchers, practitioners, and philanthropy coming together. The agenda is dope. It just is—in one day, so many of the people who have been working to support black girls, researching best practices and solutions, and leading the conversation among philanthropy to invest in their success are coming together to share their expertise. Fortunately the livestream will allow the public to follow along at home. But digging deep with so many women who simply know their stuff is exciting and inspiring.
- It is visually stunning. The conference kicks off with an exhibit of art by and for black girls. There are a lot of ways to share stories and the innovative exhibit is a highlight of the conference. It should not be missed.
- It is #BlackGirlMagic at it is best. Find out more about the amazing organizations who put this event together (Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), A Long Walk Home, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol). And more importantly, join the powerful work to center girls of color, be their allies, advocates and partners in the work to remake the possibilities.
- It builds on core priorities for NWLC. I would show up to NY for this conference even if it wasn’t a part of my day job. But fortunately NWLC centers the experiences of women and girls of color in its work and has been working to create the space for policy changes that will improve their lives in school and beyond. We hope you will watch the live stream (look for me on a panel late Friday afternoon) and that you will join us in this important work.