who we are

2021 - 2022

Black Girls Lead Youth Advisory Committee exists to support the leadership exploration and development of Black girls, femmes and young women ages 14-19. Members of Black Girls Lead participate in leadership exploration experiences, manage their own philanthropic giving circle, share their experiences as a Black girls & young people in Omaha; and offer youth voice, vision and decision making to the work of I Be Black Girl.

Black Girls Lead Youth Advisory Committee exists to support the leadership exploration and development of Black girls, femmes and young women ages 14-19. Members of Black Girls Lead participate in leadership exploration experiences, manage their own philanthropic giving circle, share their experiences as a Black girls & young people in Omaha; and offer youth voice, vision and decision making to the work of I Be Black Girl.



The mission of the Women’s Fund of Omaha is to examine issues and conduct research to provide informed support for initiatives that improve the lives of metropolitan area women and girls. The Women’s Fund of Omaha is proud to partner with I Be Black Girl as the fiscal sponsor, assisting with IBBG and the overall development of Black women, femmes and girls.

Mission

I Be Black Girl serves as a collective for Black women, femmes and girls to actualize their full potential to authentically be, through autonomy, abundance and liberation.

Vision

We know that we are the energy and essence and deserve a world where Black, femmes and girls live in wholeness.

Values

Black Centric: Black ALL. THE. TIME. We always work on behalf of, for and with Black women, femme and girls – recognizing that there are gradients in our experiences and stories.

Bold: Operate from radical truth and authenticity. We maintain a deep sense of value and worth – it is a fact because we are. 

Audacious: We are thought leaders that amplify the power and choice that we hold as Black women, femmes and girls. We influence spaces that were thought to be untouchable, build spaces that are for us- by us, lead the conversation, shape narratives and serve where, when and how we decide.

HerStory

I Be Black Girl (IBBG) is a reproductive justice organization that leads with boldness, innovation and inspiration, actively creating a radical change-making culture that centers Black women, femmes and girls. Inspired by the work of bell hooks, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde and other Black feminist and womanist, our organization provides transformational change at the intersections of gender and race.

The term “I Be,” framed by author bell hooks in Be Boy Buzz, inspired IBBG’s founder to fill spaces with what it means to exist as a Black woman, femme or girl—where we are free to define and own that narrative.

What is Reproductive Justice

Reproductive Justice is a framework that addresses the systemic oppressions that disallow all people to access reproductive health and their reproductive rights as they decide, how they decide, when they decide. Unlike reproductive rights, Reproductive Justice goes beyond contraception, abortion access and the “my body, my choice” campaigns throughout the U.S. The framework demands consideration of all the ways reproductive health can be affected by other factors, such as race, religion or sexual orientation to financial, immigration or disability status to environmental conditions. “It’s about liberation and it’s about dismantling systems of oppression that make our lives hard in this country but also that make it impossible for us to have the access and the choices that we want to have” (Monica Simpson, 2019). Movement building and organizing are essential elements of Reproductive Justice. The focus on organizing women, girls, and gender/sex minoritized individuals and their communities to challenge structural power inequalities is the foundation on which reproductive rights and reproductive health are made real (Ross, 2006).

Reproductive rights are centered around the legal right to access sexual and reproductive health care services like abortion and birth control.

Reproductive justice links reproductive rights with the social, political and economic inequities at both a system and individual level, that affect one’s ability to access and have choice in comprehensive sexual and reproductive health options (Adapted from Black Women’s Health Imperative).

Guiding Principles

  • Dismantle power systems
  • Address intersecting systems of oppression and prioritizing race, class and gender
  • Center and uplift the most impacted
  • Join across issues and identities through a collective power building approach
  • Acknowledge the assumptions around this work.
  • Build power and choice for folks navigating these various systems

 

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THE GREATEST PEOPLE.

Our LEADERSHIP Team

Michaela Atkins

Reproductive Justice Organizer
(she)

Candy Zollicoffer

Operations Coordinator
(she)

Dr. LaKaija Johnson

Birth Equity Manager
(she)

Ashlei Spivey

Director
(she)

Nyomi Thompson

Black Maternal Health Policy Coordinator
(she)

2021 - 2022

Black Girls Lead Youth Advisory Committee exists to support the leadership exploration and development of Black girls, femmes and young women ages 14-19. Members of Black Girls Lead participate in leadership exploration experiences, manage their own philanthropic giving circle, share their experiences as a Black girls & young people in Omaha; and offer youth voice, vision and decision making to the work of I Be Black Girl.

Taylor 2

Taylor

Shantise Pearson

Shantise

Alex-20

Alex

Justyce Cribbs

Justyce

Johnnah Bailey

Johnnah

Jayla Kuhn

Jayla

Corie-15

Corie

Advisory Board

The I Be Black Girl Advisory Council provides strategic guidance and insight to the overall work of the collective.

Alecia Anderson

(she)

Susie Owens

(she)

Jay Warren - Teamer

IBBGives Manager
(she)

Nikki Brown

(she)

Opeoluwa Oyewole

(she)

Sarena Dacus

(she)

Nadia Spurlock

(she)

Christian Minter

(she)

Malena Rousseau

(she)
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