Black Girl Freedom Week begins on Monday! From February 13 – 19, organizers of the third annual celebration of Black girls, femmes, and gender expansive youth will host free virtual events including panel discussions, film screenings, music performances, as well as resource sharing on how to support and engage Black girls and move investments in a meaningful way. Visit Black Girl Freedom Week online for the schedule of events, information on featured speakers, and the virtual mainstage, and follow along on social media @blackgirlfreedomfund and @BlkGrlFreedom.
Dr. Monique Couvson, President and CEO of Grantmakers for Girls of Color and co-founder of Black Girl Freedom Fund, and Cidra Sebastien manager of the fund, recently spoke with The 19th about how the weeklong celebration will advance their mission to raise $1 billion for Black girls and young women over the next 10 years. Says Sebastien: “This is not about . . . Black women raising the money for Black youth. This is about everyone contributing to the investment of Black girls and gender-expansive youth because everyone benefits when we invest in them.”
The theme for this year’s events centers on the artistic vision, activism and innovation of Black girls and gender-expansive youth and will feature artists and innovators including award-winning director, writer and producer Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of “The Woman King,” and Leila Mottley, author of Oprah’s Book Club pick and Booker Prize nominee “Nightcrawler.” In a piece for theGrio, Sebastien explains that these “luminaries not only light the way for the next generation of Black artists and innovators, but they are the cultural influencers who help us see the full embodiment of Black girls’ and Black people’s lives, beyond tropes of tragedy and sadness, to include the infinite possibilities that await them and the liberated futures they are creating.”
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