21ST CENTURY SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERSHIP
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The five-year BLACK AND FEMALE LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE (BFLI),
launched in 2013, raises the visibility of Black women’s leadership as
key to social justice movement-building in the United States. It
highlights the process and the achievements of using a collective
leadership approach. It specifically demonstrates the leadership
of Black women in partnering with diverse people to create sustainable
change that serves everyone in our communities.
The BFLI illuminates Black women who pioneered the Be Present Empowerment Model 40 years ago,
developed by Lillie P. Allen, and practice of that
Model in building Be Present, Inc. – a diverse movement for social justice.
Read more about our mission, values and story here.
We see the transformative power in our stories
to energize change: In the fields of health, midwifery, reproductive
rights, criminal justice reform, education, domestic violence,
family law, community organizing, philanthropy, performing arts,
Here are some of our voices, experiences, and leadership.
We will continue to gather and share more reflections and learnings
from people in the Be Present movement as part of this initiative.
With the clarity from diverse voices,
perspectives and experiences, we systematically use
the Be Present Empowerment Model, a platform for learning, dialogue and authentic
exploration of the core issues of race, gender, power, class, among
others, that have an impact on well-being and
effectiveness at the individual, team, and organizational/community levels.
Change become lasting, spreading through us diverse
Black women, and then across race, gender, class and power borders to create a just world.
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From gatherings to trainings to intensive 18-month Institutes,
the BFLI seeks to raise the visibility of Black women leaders and address the constructs
of race, gender, power and class in social justice movement building.
Be Present programs convene Black women, white women, women of color,
and men, boys, and girls of all races in a transformative learning process
to strengthen self-knowledge, build and sustain effective relationships and underscore
the importance of each person becoming visible in her/his leadership toward moving social justice agendas.
We look forward to seeing you in the circle! For more information about
BFLI training programs visit our Leadership Development Page
and Upcoming Events Page.
Black & Female Leadership Institute
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In order to collectively build a more gender-inclusive racial justice
agenda, it is critical to invest in the lives of Black women and girls
who are vital partners in sustaining comprehensive change efforts and
creating neighborhoods of opportunity.
Black women and girls of similar and diverse backgrounds met for a Weekend
Training Retreat on June 11-14, 2015. The retreat was facilitated by The Black & Female Leadership Team,
consisting of Black women and girl leaders in various fields throughout the U.S. Many
of those who attended committed to the 18-month training series. The first of six training sessions
began in February 2016. The National Black and Female
Conference is scheduled for the spring of 2018. This
conference will be open to all people. Please check back
for conference registration information. Click
here for an informational brochure.
Regional dialogues “Black Women's Leadership: A Dialogue on Black Women Leaders Building Social Justice Movements”
Gather with Black women and girl leaders in different fields to share visions, perspectives
and experiences in leadership. Learn more about enrolling in the Black & Female
Leadership Institute. Contact us for information about
a regional dialogue in your area.
Race, Gender, Power & Class Training Institute
On September 24-27, 2015, about 100 people from 17 different states
and a full range of class experiences, ethnicities, and abilities
convened for a National Conference on Race, Gender, Power & Class, facilitated
by a diverse Leadership Team, ages 3 to 81.
Be Present Family Camp
Connect with a diversity of families in play and community celebration.
This three-day experience empowers adults, youth and children to build trust and connection,
improve communication and help family members transform challenging moments into learning opportunities.
Contact us for information about
Be Present Family Camp in your area. Read more about
Be Present’s Children’s Learning & Play program.
National Network Leadership Convening and Training
Join social change leaders throughout the country, each year in November,
to address key issues that have an impact on moving forward in action and leveraging successful
partnerships for social justice across the country.
to connect with a Regional Organizing Core Group and learn more about forming or joining a Be Present Peer Support Group.
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