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Happy Monday!  Thank you for being part of the BlackHer community.

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is Naomi Post, executive director of the Children's Defense Fund - NY.  Post is a true public servant. She has spent her career working in the nonprofit sector in a variety of positions, including as a public interest lawyer, nonprofit advisor and foundation program officer.  Today, Post carries on the tradition of Black women fighting for the most vulnerable among us - children.

Check her out!

The State of America's Children

More than 13.2 million children (20%) in the United States are poor. Nearly 70 percent of poor children are children of color. About 1 in 3 Black and American Indian/Alaska Native children and 1 in 4 Hispanic children are poor.

To learn more, read The State of America's Children 2017 Report by the Children's Defense Fund.

Meet the Black Women of the Black Press

Since Ida B. Wells started writing about the horrors of lynching in the 1880s, Black men and women have worked hard to tell our own stories.  The Black Press has led the way by 1) connecting Black people to each other, and 2) shaping the narrative about Black life.

This week, BlackHer contributor, Karen James Cody profiles Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the The Washington Informer (pictured below).  For over 25 years, Rolark Barnes has helped us "frame our issues as we see them, and define ourselves."

Learn more.

Last Friday, the Black Women's Roundtable, a signature program of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, released The State of Black Women in U.S. & Key States, 2019It's a treasure trove of information about the overall condition and concerns of Black women and how we are faring in politics, health, work, wealth, and more.  

Download it now and consider organizing a roundtable of your own to discuss the findings and find ways to elevate your voice and advocate for issues important to YOU!

Need Inspiration?

Ola Ronke founded a FREE Black Women's Library to amplify and celebrate our voices and we are here for ALL. OF. IT.

Watch now!

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