es·sence /ˈesəns/ noun: the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, that determines its character.

The qualities of Black women, femmes and girls, our narratives, our stories are fluid. We are abstract multifaceted beings with depth and range. The “essence” of Black women, femmes and girls is centered in how we show up authentically by our own definitions, on our own terms. We are integral to the fabric of thriving vibrant communities and families, and yet we still experience acts of racism, sexism, adultification, and transphobia that minimize our ability to live authentically and access our full potential.

The Essence of Us research will inform and influence service providers, funders, and policymakers while uplifting and affirming the voices of all Black women and girls on what we need to access our full potential in Nebraska.

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