BGFW 2024

Black Girl Freedom Week 2024!


The #1Billion4BlackGirls campaign and G4GC’s Black Girl Freedom Fund hosted our 4th annual Black Girl Freedom Week on February 12-18, 2024. This week-long series of events was part of a campaign to mobilize a $1 billion investment in Black girls and gender-expansive youth in 10 years. This year’s theme was “A Future of Justice and Democracy.” Programs throughout the week highlighted the urgent issues facing young people today, including affirmative action, reproductive justice, and voting.

Monday, February 12, 2024
3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT

Welcome to Black Girl Freedom Week 2024!

Welcome to our 4th annual BGFW 2024 with Dr. Monique Couvson, President & CEO of G4GC, and a co-founder of the #1Billion4BlackGirls.

Affirmative Action: Facts, Fiction, and the Fight Forward

Tune into this conversation that explores the facts and fiction about the state of Affirmative Action, and the fight for equity.
Speakers include Ava Wharton, Rev. Shavon Arline Bradley and Stefanie Brown James.

TOPICS: Discrimination; Higher Education; Racial Equity

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT

Achieving Pay Equity for Black Women, Girls, and Gender-Expansive Youth

It’s time to dive into how we can champion equity for Black women, girls and gender-expansive youth in corporate industries. Join Nicole Monson, SVP of Equity and Engagement at The Estée Lauder Companies, and Cidra M. Sebastien, G4GC Fund Manager.

TOPICS: Gender and Racial Equity; Pay Equity

What if the Economy Loved Black Women and Girls?

Jessica Norwood – entrepreneur, investor, artist, and philanthropist – gives insight into the ways money can be an expression of repair and spiritual care, restorative and reparative economies, and Black entrepreneurship.

TOPICS: Capital Investment; Reparative Economies

Economic Justice: Make It Make Cents!

Tune into this conversation that makes sense of the conditions needed to create the landscapes for Black girls and gender-expansive youth to thrive, from investment to pay equity. Speakers include Mikaila Ulmer, Monica James, and Malikah Berry-Rogers.

TOPICS: Entrepreneurship; Financial Trauma

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT

Reproductive Justice or Nothing: The Fight for Bodily Autonomy and Freedom

Tune into this intergenerational conversation about the legacy and framework of reproductive justice as a Black feminist praxis, and why the fight for bodily autonomy is essential to freedom for Black women, girls, and gender-expansive people. Speakers include Loretta Ross, Ashlei Spivey, Lolah-Belle Bunche, and Ponny White.

TOPICS: Bodily Autonomy; Healing Justice; Organizing; Sexual Violence

Thursday, February 15, 2024
3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT

Justice in Schools

This conversation explores what educators, policy makers, families, and community members can do to ensure Black girls and gender-expansive youth experience school free from harm. Speakers include Niya Kenny and Ashley Sawyer, Esq.

TOPICS: School Pushout; State Violence

Responding to the Climate Crisis with The Solutions Project

Every issue is a Black girl issue, and that’s especially true with climate. Learn about how The Solutions Project and their partners are responding to the climate crisis, and get details on #BlackClimateWeek.

TOPIC: Climate Change; Environmental Justicec

Friday, February 16, 2024
3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT

Voting: One Path to Just and Liberated Futures

Tune into this conversation that explores voting and what it will take to mobilize voters this election season. Speakers include Madysen Forney, Odessa Kelly, Toni Moore, and moderator DeNora Getachew.

TOPIC: Civic Engagement

Increasing Civic Participation of Young Black People: CRG is Outside!

Camille Thompson shares her passion for empowering young, Black people with the education and resources to make their voices heard through voting. Camille is the Executive Director of Collective Renaissance Georgia (CRG), a Black youth-led organization focused on civic engagement.

TOPIC: Civic Engagement; Mobilizing First-time and Young Voters

Saturday, February 17, 2024
3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT

1Billion4BlackGirls: A Call to Action

A call to action for the #1Billion4BlackGirls campaign.

TOPIC: Investment; Philanthropy

Freedom Square: The Black Girlhood Altar

Join A Long Walk Home for a virtual tour of its multimedia, artifact-based, video, and object-based artwork bringing awareness to the issue of missing and murdered women of color, promote community accountability, end gender-based violence, and increase visibility. The exhibition creates a space for artists, families, and community activists to engage in public conversation.

TOPIC: Black Childhood; Healing; Grief; Multimedia Arts

The Let Out: Trivia!

Join us on Instagram for “The Let Out”, where we will play some games to recap the week, and announce the final giveaways for BGFW 2024.

Sunday, February 18, 2024
All day!

Share your favorite part of the week, and your commitments to Black girls, femmes and gender-expansive youth on social media.

Using the hashtags #1Billion4BlackGirls, #BlackGirlFreedomWeek, #BlackGirlFreedom and tagging @BlackGirlFreedomFund

BGFW 2024 Speakers

Lolah-Belle Bunche
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Madysen Forney
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DeNora Getachew
(she, her)

solace mensah-narh
(she, they)

Monica James
(she, her)

Niya Kenny
(she, her)

nahr suha
(they, them)

Toni Moore
(any pronouns)

Nicole Monson
(she, her)

Jessica Norwood
(she, her)

Cidra Sebastien
(she, her)

Malikah Berry Rogers
(she, her)

Loretta Ross
(she, her)

Ashlei Spivey-Arthur
(she, her)

Camille Thompson
(she, her)

Mikaila Ulmer
(she, her)

Ashley C. Sawyer, Esq.
(she, her)

Stefanie Brown James
(she, her)

Odessa Kelly
(she, her)

Cenné Anderson
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Ava Wharton
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Ponny White
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Jamison Ford
(any pronouns)

Dr. Monique Couvson
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