Black Women’s Blueprint (BWB) was founded by survivors for survivors committed to healing and transformation.
The organization began in 2008 around kitchen tables, at backyard barbecues and in huddles on living room floors, when women and girls of African descent, many of whom were survivors of sexual violence bore witness to each others stories of being denied bodily sovereignty and dignity both inside and outside of their communities. It was also in this same political moment of the Obama/Clinton primary election, that Black women were being asked whether we were voting our race or our gender. Both democratic candidates presented their “blueprints” for change but neither took full stock of the particular problems Black women are facing within their communities and in greater society (gender-violence, poverty, the over-criminalization of Black women and girls among others). What was manifesting itself was the cultural tendency to erase Black women by conceptualizing white women as speaking on behalf of the rights of the sex and Black men as speaking on behalf of the race.
Black women began to organize. They realized their own and collective transformation could not happen without public recognition and acknowledgment of the injustices and harms they had experienced, so the group of women resolved to build an organization for survivors of patriarchy and white supremacy. They built Black Women’s Blueprint for all the girls, the women, the sisters left in back alleys or the back of police cars, in heaps on their bedroom or living room floors. They built it for those women and girls, tired of being exploited in their homes at work and dehumanized in private and public spheres. The women resolved to change the discourse around power and change the course of their lives.
For over ten years, BWB has been a movement to place Black women’s lives squarely within the broader political as well as civil and human rights concerns of African American communities in the U.S., where gender concerns had been relegated even further outside the margins.
We believe that reconciliation needs to become an embodied practice to repair and restore humanity across all of the aforementioned dimensions.
ESCALATING THE TIMELINE AND DEEPENING OUR WORK