Upon arrival in my second (third? tenth?) home here in NYC, the collective I’m a part of met in the most comfortable and welcoming of venues at the Black Women’s Blueprint headquarters. The quaint Brooklyn brownstone is tucked away in Leffert’s Garden, just west of Prospect Park, and from the outside, you would never imagine what powerful art and fabulous community service is being done inside!
What is Black Women’s Blueprint?
Black Women’s Blueprint, Inc. is a civil and human rights organization of women and men. Our purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now. We work to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. We engage in progressive research, historical documentation, support movement building and organize on social justice issues steeped in the struggles of Black women within their communities and within dominant culture.
We spent the day sharing our experiences with and relationship to money on a personal level before delving into the nitty gritty of our 2013 budget. It may not sound like the most appetizing of subjects for a day retreat, but with the right people – and food from We Love Food catering – we all had a fun and productive time.
It also didn’t hurt to be surrounded by such rich history – we all shared the honor of eating at the same table as Rosa Parks once had, in the Legacy Room. This special space is dedicated to Edith Savage-Jennings, a freedom fighter in the Wednesday Mississippi Women, a group vital to the Civil Rights Movement. Now that’s inspirational.
So mesi mesi for this rich space to work in today . . . may the spirit of past icons of justice coarse through our work for the future . . .