Black Girls at PWI

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” ~Maya Angelou


Do Not Define My Identity

We, as black womxn, are targeted with many stereotypes including the jezebel, mammy, the angry black womxn and more. These stereotypes work to systematically degrade the black woman, to silence her, and create a divide between herself and others. It is important to recognize the stereotypes and their origin so that we can combat it. We are not angry, we are confident. We are not objects of sexual desire, we are women of strength. We are not overly sensitive, unemotional, or detached, we are passionate and driven.

Resources To Explore

Say Her Name

The #SayHerName campaign was created in 2015 by Kimberlé Crenshaw to raise awareness about police brutality and anti-Black violence against Black womxn.

Some names include:

Riah Milton
Dominique Fells
Oluwaytoyin Salau
Nia Wilson
Breonna Taylor 
Atatiana Jefferson 
Charleena Chavon Lyles 
Korryn Gaines 
India Kager 
Sandra Bland
Alexia Christian 
Mya Hall 
Meagan Hockaday 
Janisha Fonville
Natasha McKenna 
Tanisha Anderson 
Aura Rosser 
Sheneque Proctor
Michelle Cusseaux
Pearlie Golden
Gabriella Nevarez
Yvette Smith
Renisha McBride
Miriam Carey
Kyam Livingston
Kayla Moore
Shelly Frey

The Urgency of Intersectionality


Freedom Fighters Fund-Justice for Black Girls: This fund provides relief for Black girl activists seeking support financial support.

African American Policy Forum: A media publication focusing on social justice for issues that deal with gender and diversity.

Girls for a Change: Supports black girls and other girls of color and inspires them to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development, and social change innovation in their communities.

Feminist Press: An independent nonprofit literary publisher that promotes freedom of expression and social justice.

Sistersong: Strengthens and amplifies the collective voices of indigenous womxn and womxn of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights.

Higher Heights: Builds a national infrastructure to harness Black womxn’s political power and leadership potential.

A Long Walk Home: A Chicago-based national non-profit that uses art to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people to end violence against girls and womxn.

 Global Fund for Women: A non-profit foundation that funds initiatives and programs advocating for womxn’s human rights

The Okra Project- Mental Health Recovery Funds for Black Trans People-  provides support to Black trans, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary people.


Educating Yourself

A list of recommended books:

•Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

•The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil

•Bone Black by bell hooks

•Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker

•The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

•The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

•Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi

•Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

•This Bridge Called My Back by Rosario Morales

• Toxic Silence: Race, Black Gender Identity and Addressing the Violence Against Black Transgender Women in Houston by William T. Houston


Petitions to Sign

Justice for Breonna Taylor
Justice for Jennifer Jeffley
Dismiss the charges on Marshae Jones
Justice For Emerald Black
Justice For Alejandro Vargas Martinez
Justice For Tete Gulley
Drop All Charges Against Chrystul Kizer
Justice for Young Uwa
Justice for Shukri Abdi
Justice for Dion Johnson
Justice for Christopher Josey
Justice for Cameron Green
Justice For Joāo Pedro
Justice For Tony McDade
Justice for David McAtee
Justice for Ashton Dickson
Justice for Elijah McClain

Explore and Sign Here

Dear Darkskinned Girl

Created by Naima Small, dear darkskinned girl provides weekly posts and articles that speaks out on issues such as media representation, colorism, performative activism, hair discrimination, and more.

dear darkskinned girl blog

The Unplug Collective

The Unplug Collective, founded by Amanda Taylor, is a space where black and brown womxn can share experiences and stories about their bodies. Tackling topics such as lack of representation, body image, media portrayal and fatphobia, Unplug aims to encourage body positivity.

The Unplug Collective

Mental Health Resources

The link below contains a list of therapy platforms and tools, mental health articles, as well as black-owned self care companies that allow you to focus on what matters most: your mental health.

Community Healing Guide

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy for Black Girls podcast is a weekly chat dissecting and providing advice on topics that black womxn face. From relationships to mental health, this podcast encourages us to become our best selves.

Therapy for Black Girls Podcast

Additional Podcasts

Interested in more podcasts surrounding the black womxn experience? Check out others such as Gettin’ Grown, Halfway Bougie, H.E.R Space and more.


We Hear You!

Do you have any tips, suggestions, or content you would like to see more of? Submit it all below!

Community Suggestion Box