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Justice for Black Girls Upcoming Projects to Highlight Storytelling Series

March 2024

Brianna BakerBrianna Baker, C'2016, is a social justice educator who has worked in public and charter school spaces throughout New York City. Her proudest moments as an educator include the implementation of her social justice curriculum and volunteering at Rikers Island, where she taught a course on women’s empowerment and liberation.

It led to the creation of a research project authored by 7th-grade girls of color entitled Race, Criminality, Girlhood, and Justice, examining the makings of criminality around Black girlhood.

Her work birthed the founding of Justice For Black Girls (JBG) in 2018, purposed to expand global knowledge of the way US-based systems of power respond to and perpetuate the abuse of Black girls in schools, in prisons, and in protests.

She is enthusiastic about her upcoming 2024 projects.

“I’m excited about this year! We will begin the year with our storytelling series that will feature our ambassadors. It amplifies issues that are impacting Black girls this year,” Baker said.

Justice for Black Girls will conduct its ambassador speaker series between July and August. The 2024 annual conference is scheduled for October.

“We are centering on educational justice with a focus on decriminalizing schools for Black girls. And amplifying books that nurture Black girls as the main characters of their own story. Then we will move into our Freedom Fighters Fund this year. We are going to host a virtual convening that amplifies the Crown Act.”

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In November 2023, Justice for Black Girls held a conference at Spelman that used presentations to highlight Black girls 'as theorists of our own experiences, freedom fighters, resistors, creatives and innovators.'

"We had a divine time celebrating all things sacred about Black girlhood. Spelman students are a part of the Black girlhood studies fellowship. They presented original research at the intersection of race, gender, and adolescence," Baker said.

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Large Blue Quote LeftIn Her Own Words

Spelman was the best decision I ever made. It’s critically important that young black girls learn 500 different ways to show up as Black women. If you choose to change the world, you can be affirmed with the tools to do that. What I love about Spelman is that I didn’t just take political science courses; my political science courses centered on Black women and girls. What I took from Spelman was ultimately that I could do what I wanted to change the world and the tools that equipped me to dismantle anything that was getting in my way structurally," Baker said.

"Three people come to my mind (who served as inspiration): Dr. C. Nicole Mason, a visiting professor in the women’s studies department. Her courses were very transformative for me. Marilyn Davis, whom I adore, is in the political science department. Dr. Jane E. Smith and her legacy — the Woman of the Well Series — is so powerful."

Advice for current students:

"Trust that you don’t have to have all of the answers right now. And your ability to pivot. Resist the urge to feel like you have to have all the answers as soon as you leave the gates of Spelman. The beauty of Spelman is that the seeds that are planted can be watered throughout your entire lifetime. Trust yourself to make the difference now. You’ll make another difference in five years and again in 20 years," Baker said.

Now a social justice brand, Justice for Black Girls affects change through 3 initiatives, a few of which are sadly named after those who lost their lives because of the color of their skin.

The first is the virtual JBG Ambassadors Program, which uses education to engage Black girls aged 12-17 in academic work and policy work centered around Black girlhood. The second is called 4LittleGirls, a Black Girlhood Curriculum created to honor the 4 Black girls who lost their lives in the Alabama bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963.

The final program is the Freedom Fighters Fund, which was established in honor of 19-year-old slain activist Oluwatoyin Salau. The fund will distribute $75,000 in micro-grants to Black girl activists. distribution that offers micro-grants to Black girl activists. 

About Justice for Black Girls

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Justice for Black Girls is a social justice education space that serves Black girls ’ needs for protection, safety, and belonging through a holistic culture of care coupled with Black feminist curriculum, grassroots collaborations, and academic partnerships. 

The mission of Justice for Black Girls is to expand global knowledge of US-based systems of power that harm Black girls while co-creating liberated spaces to disrupt that harm.

Justice for Black Girls positions Black girls to see themselves as civic, education & justice leaders who have the power to transform layered systems of oppression that impede their access to the liberatory spaces they deserve.

Justice for Black Girls (JBG) endeavors to elevate the voices of Black girls as the experts and cultivate student activism through our Justice Ambassadors Program. Here we engage Black girls ages 13-18 from all over the country in the academic and policy work that centers Black girlhood.

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