The Lighthouse|Black Girl Projects – Black Girl Projects

My personal mission is to help build power for any person who’s connected to The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects. This power isn’t necessarily the kind Huey P. Newton said defines phenomena and makes it act in a desired manner. It’s more intimate than that. I believe the genesis and fulfillment of power is space and time. I cannot be convinced otherwise. I’m talking space, literal space. Space to express physically with dance, verbally with a loud voice, or without being told that one’s very being is offensive. And that coupled with time. Time to play, mourn and rejoice, time to figure things out, screw up and time to do nothing without being called lazy. Black girls who have access to space and time have power. Powerful Black girls are autonomous, self-actualized, liberated Black girls. And perhaps those Black girls will define phenomena and make it act in a desired manner … if they so choose.

Natalie A. Collier

Founder, The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects

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