Dear Friend,

Happy Monday!  We're so glad you're here. 

BlackHer Shero of the Week

Our BlackHer Shero of the Week is the "First Lady of the Movement" Mary McCleod Bethune.  She was born on July 10, 1875, in South Carolina.

Bethune was an extraordinary educator, leader, and philanthropist. Her many accomplishments include founding Bethune Cookman University and the National Council of Negro Women and co-founding the United Negro College Fund.  She also served as an advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt. Wow!

Listen to her speak in 1945 about "what American democracy means to me."

Speaking of Democracy and Independence...

On July 16th, the Advancement Project is hosting a conversation called The Revolution = Black Women + Girls at the True Reformer Building (1200 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009) from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

This is the second in a series of conversations on the experiences of Black women and girls, and how we are using inspiration and artistry to advance our work.  

Register now!

Not in DC? No worries. Watch the event on Facebook.

National Council of Negro Women

Today, the National Council of Negro women, which was founded by Mary McLeod Bethune, is led by two exceptional women and #BlackHer Sheroes, Janice Mathis and Dr. Johnetta B. Cole

Learn more about their leadership partnership and watch their interview with BlackHer Shero Dr. Julianne Malveaux!

Because Black is SO Beautiful

Photographer Kwame Brathwaite helped us celebrate our beauty and independence via his artistry.  


Need More Inspiration?

Listen to poet Nikky Finney recite "For My People" by Margaret Walker.

"Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born.  Let a bloody peace be written in the sky..."

In love and solidarity,

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