This Black History Month we want to honor African-American women fighting to make the world a better place. We need to hear the voices of African-American women whom society still fails to recognize time and time again. This is an important month for the African-American people,as well as others who have benefited from the civil rights movement. African-Americans have always been proponents for ostracized and marginalized groups.
From fighting AIDS, to finding sponsors for underserved African-American girls to travel the world and meet other cultures, to women’s empowerment, educational programs, to African-American women’s development of political prowess; these five nonprofits led by inspiring women are truly worth supporting. They make the world a better place. Read on to learn about their impact.
Girls Going Global (GGG) is a non profit organization seeking to address the scarcity of girls of color in international education and today’s field of travel and international affairs. Their mission is to empower girls of color through travel and cultural exchange to become future creators and world leaders.
Girls Going Global is led by a professional speaker and consultant Martice Sutton who has been recognized for her remarkable work by the White House United State of Woman as a Changemaker, The Travel Channel, Black Enterprise, Centric TV, Marie Claire, and Black Enterprise.
WEEN is a nonprofit made of individuals dedicated to improving the quality of life of women worldwide. Representing the entertainment industry, WEEN has taken a leadership role in the balanced portrayal of women and partners with like-minded organizations and individuals to provide educational programs for women. The nonprofit often grants scholarships for college students and young women entrepreneurs. How awesome is that! They also provide mentorship and programs with the focus on health education, career development and financial literacy.
WEEN is led by the amazing Valeisha Butterfield Jones is also the Head of Black Community Engagement for Google and author of the top selling book The Girlprint, a mentorship guide for women.
Musician Alicia Keys co-founded in 2003 with Leigh Blake as a way to provide care, support, and nutrition to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. In December 2012, the organization’s concert event with performances from Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and more raised $2.9 million for Keep a Child Alive. Alicia also traveled to several Keep a Child Alive sites as part of a documentary series on Showtime. The nonprofit focuses on giving social support to people affected by HIV/AIDS by including them into community and through cooperation with other organizations. They fight stigma around AIDS with their numerous programs. Through their campaigns and their advocacy they raise voice for the people affected by the disease.
GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of women of color to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking. 121,546 women has already taken the GirlTrek pledge and the movement is hoping to reach 1 million pledges this year. Movement is led by Morgan Dixon - a proud education reform leader. She served as director of leadership development for Achievement First, the largest charter school networks in New York City where she trained and supported 23 school principals. With GirlTrek, Morgan has been a featured on CNN, in The Washington Post, The New York Times and named a "Health Hero" by Essence Magazine.
Higher Heights is dedicated to building a national infrastructure to harness African American women’s political power and leadership potential. They are also determined to Elevate African American women’s voices to shape and advance progressive policies and politics and are committed to ensure race/gender equity.
Led by advocate and political strategist Glynda C. Carr who is recognized for her innovative leadership style, commitment to expanding the civic participation of communities of color and advancing progressive public policies that build sustainable communities. Her writing has also appeared on TheRoot.com, BET.com, Ebony.com and Feminist.com. She is a contributor on The SPIN: All Women’s Media Panel and has appeared on Fox News Live, MSNBC and several other media outlets.