Black women lead initiative to raise $100M for Black girls and women in the South

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The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium aims to raise $100 million in the next 10 years.

By Tonya Pendleton

LaTosha Brown and Margo Miller (Provided to the Grio)

You already know about LaTosha Brown’s work as the co-founder of Black Voters Matter, the Black Voters Matter Fund and Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute. The Alabama-born, Georgia-based activist is one of the anchors of the effort that turned Georgia blue this past election cycle, helping the Democrats gain a slim one-vote majority in the Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris‘ tie-breaking vote.

Community organizer, cultural activist and non-profit executive Margo Miller is another accomplished Black woman. The Tennessee native is the executive director of the Appalachian Community Fund, a non-profit seeking to counter poverty and improve the lives of residents of Central Appalachia, which includes East Tennessee, West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and all of West Virginia.

Given all that they already do, you’d think that their plates would be a little too full to do much more. But Brown and Miller want to empower others to continue in their footsteps. The two are part of the Southern Black Girls and Women Consortium, along with Felecia Lucky, president of the Black Belt Community Foundation, and Alice Jenkins, executive director of the Fund for Southern Communities.

The consortium has given itself the ambitious task of raising $100 million for Black women and girls over the next decade. They’ve already raised $10 million of that total and are in the progress of raising more. Some of those funds have already been distributed to community organizations in the form of grants. In just one example, two young women in Lowndes County, Georgia used a $250 grant to fund a drive-in screening of Black Panther to provide a safe entertainment alternative for their community as the pandemic continued.

On Wednesday, March 31, the consortium will host a chat via their Twitter account @Blackgirlsdreamfrom 1:20 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST to discuss the state of Black women and girls. It may be the last day of Women’s History Month, but it’s always the right time to support women’s empowerment.

SOURCE: thegrio

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