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The School for Black Feminist Politics

A campaign in support of The School for Black Feminist Politics, where Black feminists can learn, grow, and thrive.

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Project Description

Who We Are 

​​​​​​Black Women Radicals (BWR) is a Black feminist advocacy organization dedicated to uplifting Black women and gender expansive people's radical activism in Africa and in the African Diaspora. Tired of the erasure of Black women's activism and leadership, Jaimee Swift created and founded Black Women Radicals in September 2018 to center and affirm the past, present, and future of Black women's movement building and organizing. 

Our mission is to overcome the systemic erasure of Black women and gender expansive peoples’ activism by ensuring that their leadership is seen, heard, felt, and known. 

The mission of Black Women Radicals is manifested in various pillars including:

  • The Black Women Radicals Database houses 100+ profiles on historical Black women and gender expansive leaders around the world. 
  • Our blog, Voices in Movement, highlights the power of Black women and gender expansive activists from around the world through interviews, essays, reading lists, and more.  
  • Our Community Conversations are monthly community-engaged and informed events that concentrate on themes, politics, and more on and about Black women and gender expansive people.
Top row, left to right: Ugandan activist, Stella Nansikombi Mukasa; Black American activist Gloria Richardson; and Black transgender icon, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Middle row, left to right: Black American activists Nannie Helen Burroughs, Angela Davis, and Queen Mother Audley Moore. Last row, left to right: Black American writer, Toni Cade Bambara; (left) Afro-German activist, Katharina Oguntoye, and May Ayim (right); Afro-Brazilian activist, Beatriz Nascimento.

 

About  The School For Black Feminist Politics 

In October 2020, Black Women Radicals launched the School for Black Feminist Politics (SBFP), a Black feminist political education initiative and hub. The mission of SBFP is to empower Black feminisms in Black Politics by expanding the field from transnational, intersectional, and multidisciplinary perspectives.  You can follow the School for Black Feminist Politics on Instagram here.  

We host free Black feminist online political education teach-ins and we invite and pay Black feminist activists, artists, creatives, and scholars to lead these free teach-ins that expand the frame of reference of Black Politics.

Your Support 

Your support and investment in The School for Black Feminist Politics will help us with: 

  • Phase 1 of the campaign: The first phase of the campaign supports the work of The School for Black Feminist Politics. We offer free Black feminist political education and we pay Black feminists to lead teach-ins that empower Black feminisms in Black Politics.
  • This campaign will allow Black Women Radicals to continue to do the work in terms of organizing, curating, and producing free online events and series and documenting Black women's radical activism and histories.  

Future phases of the campaign: 

  • Securing a physical location for The School for Black Feminist Politics in Washington, D.C. 
  • Renovations, furnishings, and maintenance of the physical location. 

Black Women Radicals is based in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area (known commonly as the DMV). Washington, D.C., which is affectionately known as "Chocolate City" due to the district's large and predominantly Black population, has one of the highest rates of gentrification and displacement in the United States. This gentrification and displacement particularly impacts Black and Brown communities who no longer can afford to live in D.C. because of inflated residential costs and racial and economic disparities. 

Gentrification and displacement are oppressive tools that attempt to erase the rich legacies and memories of Black political movement building in Washington, D.C. Organizations and initiatives such as the National Training School for Women and Girls (now The Nannie Helen Burroughs School); Sapphire Sapphos; the D.C. chapter of the Black Panther Party; the and the Lambda Student Alliance are only but a few grassroots movements that shaped the Black political landscape of Washington, D.C. 

In an area where heightened marginalization has pushed Black communities further to the periphery, we want to build a physical location for The School for Black Feminist Politics in D.C. as a site of reclamation. We imagine the School to be a space where Black people are able to see themselves and are affirmed in their greatness. We want to create a safe space for Black women, girls, and gender expansive people to learn, grow, and thrive. 

We want the School to be a resource center to serve the D.C. community and offer educational, political, and financial resources. Whereas academia has been exclusionary, I imagine the School to be a place where Black people of all genders, of all ages, and of all educational backgrounds are recognized and seen. 

We want to create a space that explores, amplifies, and illuminates Black feminist politics and movement building in the DMV and beyond. 

 

Fiscal Sponsor: Destiny Bridge Builders 

Funds will go directly to Black Women Radicals' fiscal sponsor, Destiny Bridge Builders, in support of the creation of The School for Black Feminist Politics. Destiny Bridge Builders is a non-profit organization based in Katy, Texas, with a mission of empowering the disenfranchised through continual education, financial literacy, and outreach programs. 

This fundraiser is a part of the "I Support Black Women" (ISBW) campaign, created by Trinice McNally, a Black queer feminist migrant, survivor, and activist, and Virgil Abloh, chief executive officer of Off-White, a Milan-based fashion house founded by Abloh in 2012. "I Support Black Women" aims to amplify the voices of Black women organizers about their work, resilience, and values. 

 

Thank You for Your Support! 

Thank you so much for supporting the work of Black Women Radicals! We appreciate you so much. 

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: What is the mission of Black Women Radicals and The School for Black Feminist Politics? 

Black Women Radicals (BWR) is a Black feminist advocacy organization dedicated to uplifting and centering Black women and gender expansive people's radical activism in Africa and in the African Diaspora. Created and founded by Jaimee Swift in 2018, the mission of BWR is to overcome the systemic erasure of Black women and gender expansive peoples’ radical activism by ensuring that their voices, perspectives, grassroots organizing, theoretical frameworks, leadership, and memory are seen, heard, felt, and known. 

In October 2020, Black Women Radicals launched the School for Black Feminist Politics (SBFP), a Black feminist political education initiative and hub. The mission of SBFP is to empower Black feminisms in Black Politics by expanding the field from transnational, intersectional, and multidisciplinary perspectives.  We host free Black feminist online political education teach-ins and we invite and pay Black feminist activists, artists, creatives, and scholars to lead these free teach-ins that expand the frame of reference of Black Politics.

For more information about Black Women Radicals, please visit: https://www.blackwomenradicals.com

For more information about the School for Black Feminist Politics, please visit: https://www.blackwomenradicals.com/school

 

Q2: How does this fundraiser support your work? 

  • Phase 1 of the campaign: The first phase of the campaign supports the work of The School for Black Feminist Politics. We offer free Black feminist political education and we pay Black feminists to lead teach-ins that empower Black feminisms in Black Politics. 
  • This campaign will allow Black Women Radicals to continue to do the work in terms of organizing, curating, and producing free online events and event series and documenting Black women's radical activism and histories.  

Future phases of the campaign: 

  • For the future phases of the campaign, we would like to secure a physical location for The School for Black Feminist Politics in Washington, D.C. 
  • Renovations, furnishings, and maintenance of the physical location. 

This fundraiser is a part of the "I Support Black Women" (ISBW) campaign, created by Trinice McNally, a Black queer feminist migrant, survivor, and activist, and Virgil Abloh, chief executive officer of Off-White, a Milan-based fashion house founded by Abloh in 2012. "I Support Black Women" aims to amplify the voices of Black women organizers about their work, resilience, and values. 

 

Q3: Who is your fiscal sponsor? 

Funds will go directly to Black Women Radicals' fiscal sponsor, Destiny Bridge Builders, in support of the creation of The School for Black Feminist Politics. Destiny Bridge Builders is a non-profit organization based in Katy, Texas, with a mission of empowering the disenfranchised through continual education, financial literacy, and outreach programs. 

 

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