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Word In Black Op-Ed: There’s a Black Girl Funding Gap – But Black Futures Are Worth Billions

by Cidra M. Sebastien

There is a blatant gap in funding specifically aimed to support Black girls and femmes. But in February, Black Girl Freedom Week showcased what is possible when we abundantly invest in the dreams, power, joy, and leadership of Black girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth.

During the week, culture leaders, celebrities, and changemakers elevated the innovations of Black girls. They included Tracee Ellis Ross, Sanaa Lathan, Rashida Jones, Marley Dias, Eva Reign, Susan L. Taylor, Joanne N. Smith, Dr. Monique W. Morris, and Dr. Salamishah Tillet. We celebrated the artistic vision and genius of Black girls and explored how the beauty and fashion industries get to demonstrate their accountability to them.

However, although Black Girl Freedom Week is over, the work to change the lack of investment in Black girls, femmes, and women is just beginning…. 

Read more of Cidra Sebastein’s (G4GC’s Black Girl Freedom Fund Manager) Op-Ed at Word In Black.

(Photo credit: Kiana Bosman/Unsplash)

About the #1Billion4BlackGirls campaign

The #1Billion4BlackGirls is a 10-year philanthropic initiative designed to invest in the brain trust, innovation, health, safety, education, artistic visions, research, and joy of Black girls and their families. The Black Girl Freedom Fund (BGFF) is an initiative of Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC), and leads and hosts the organization of Black Girl Freedom Week.

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