A disproportionate number of black women are represented within statistics related to poverty, and lack access to economic and educational opportunity. The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) is devoted to advancing, securing, and protecting the rights of these women. Constantly, the women of BWA strive to acquire greater understanding and cooperation about issues that affect all women and their families, while searching for new knowledge and new conceptualizations about said problems. Through the establishment of social priorities (an agenda), BWA facilitates discussions that lead to effective policies and meaningful change. Their continuous vigilance on issues affecting Black women worldwide empower women to step up and mitigate the gender gaps that affect women in our society.
Black Family Blueprint
Black Family Blueprint is a coaching and consulting group focused on activating historically black families to employ strategies that strengthen parenting, support intimate relationships, and increase the collective capacity to build social capital.
The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) seeks to uplift the Black community by identifying and empowering Black leaders. We believe everyone is a leader with the ability to impact change. But knowing who you are as a leader requires reframing and understanding the leadership personas that currently exist within the ecosystem of changemakers. AALF’s leadership personas are dynamic and include a variety of leadership characteristics and forms. Our personas rely on one another and there isn’t one persona that is more important than the others. Instead, the personas are fluid — working in parallel and overlap of each other, webbing the necessary links and building collectivity in our community. Anyone may exhibit the capabilities of one or more leadership categories, but we all have a natural tendency toward one, and we tend to thrive when we build and deploy our talents in that persona. By understanding the characteristics of the leadership types present in our community we can build better systems and develop and deploy our leaders more effectively.
Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion
The Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion Celebration was inaugurated in 1989 in Cincinnati, Ohio. This event continues to grow and is now one of Cincinnati’s largest family-focused events drawing over 20,000 patrons. It is held annually the third weekend of August.
Black Family Development, Inc. (BFDI) is a private, non-profit comprehensive family counseling agency that was created in 1978 by the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW). By establishing BFDI as a family counseling agency, NABSW sought to promote and provide quality social work services in Detroit that were culturally relevant and culturally sensitive. The original community project, which gave birth to BFDI, was based on the agreed upon needs of the community and resulted in programmatic focus by BFDI on child abuse and neglect. Since that time, BFDI has grown to accommodate the increasing demand for a variety of specialized, family focused counseling and advocacy services in the community.
The Institute of the Black World 21st Century has established the Black Family Summit as one of its major program initiatives, in order to ensure that issues affecting the Black family are systematically examined and recommendations to address these are developed.
Through a network of collaborations and partnerships with National and International Black Organizations, The Black Family Summit is committed accentuating and mobilizing the collective skills of each of these groups.
RootsTech, we believe in the power of connecting family and finding belonging. RootsTech is presented by FamilySearch International. It is the goal of FamilySearch to help everyone discover, gather and connect families past, present and future. RootsTech is a 4-day event held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah, dedicated to celebrating family, discovering family histories, and connecting the living to their ancestors and each other. With over 300 breakout sessions, an exciting lineup of celebrity speakers, and a gigantic expo hall, we’ve got something we’re sure you’ll love.
The HistoryMakers is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational institution committed to preserving and making widely accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans. Through the media and a series of user-friendly products, services and events, The HistoryMakers enlightens, entertains and educates the public, helping to refashion a more inclusive record of American history.
The National Black Disability Coalition (NBDC) is a response to the need for Blacks with Disabilities in America to organize around issues of mutual concern and use our collective strength to address disability issues with an emphasis on people who live in poverty.
The goals of the NBDC are:
- To promote UNITY among Black people with disabilities, our families and our communities
- To advance EQUITY within the disability movement and our communities
- To foster OPPORTUNITY for Black people with disabilities