The Challenge

Issues of race, class, gender, age, sexual identity, ethnicity, ability, and religion, among others are deeply interwoven into the fabric of our society and present themselves in unjust ways in all facets of our lives – in our families, schools, institutions, communities, and public policies. The disparities are profound and have a critical impact on our well-being.

The Opportunity

Bridging the divide and practicing justice requires individual and collective effort to shift injustices that are present within our own selves, in our lives, and in our society. The time is now to transform and thrive, with justice for all as our true reality.

The Legacy

The revolution will be realized. Visionary leader Lillie P. Allen’s Black & Female: What is the Reality?™ workshop held at Spelman College in 1983 for the First National Conference on Black Women’s Health Issues was a watershed moment for social change. Lillie’s vision began with bringing together Black women and girls to talk about the realities of our lives, envision together, and organize for justice. An inclusive vision, we continued to build and in 1988 invited white women and women of color to participate in an 18-month training to address the issues that divide across race, gender, class, and power. Be Present, Inc. as the institution that houses a global movement that today includes all people from all backgrounds is a result of Lillie’s vision, Black women’s leadership, and our collective work as a diverse network of people with a shared vision of justice for all.

The How

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