Black Girls in Government: Empowering Black Girls through Civics and History

By Danyelle R. Carter, Founder, Black Girls in Government

Photo: Google Arts & Culture Institute
Photo: Google Arts & Culture Institute

This past April, three black lawmakers made history when they announced the formation of the first and only Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. Like many Black women across the nation, I rejoiced with my girlfriends, shed tears while journaling and expressed enthusiasm on social media about the importance of having a caucus that provides us with a voice in the policy-making process.

On the day of the launch, I watched Black women fill the Montpelier room inside the Library of Congress. At the end of the launch, I thanked attendees and talked to them about my passion project–Black Girls in Government. BGiG is an initiative that promotes, broadens and cultivates civic engagement by educating Black girls on Black women in government, politics and advocacy.

Black Girls in Government is also committed to honoring Black women by researching, archiving and disseminating information about their lives and work on our blog.

That night, I received more than two dozen emails from launch attendees and more than 100 social media followers, including assemblywomen, policy analysts, attorneys, historians, school principals, news anchors, congressional staffers and four Black female members of Congress.

I appreciated knowing that they supported our mission to give Black girls what many of us wasn’t given–photos, quotes and remarkable moments in history about Black women without having to wait until Black History Month to most likely only learn about Rosa Parks.

I want to give Black girls posters, crossword puzzles, and flashcards to teach them about congresswomen like Robin L. Kelly and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, state senators like Nina Turner, state attorney’s like Kim Foxx, activist like Johnetta “Netta” Elize and thought leaders like Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall.

I want them to have a plethora of opportunities to envision themselves as leaders, sooner than I did, but the way I did when I met my representative. When I met Rep. Frederica Wilson, it was the first time I realized that I could make policy, provide representation and make vital decisions.

Every Black girl deserves to have that realization and have others support her in becoming a community organizer, press secretary, governor, or president of the United States of America.

There are three ways you can support Black Girls in Government:

  • Follow us on social media and share our post: Twitter (@BlackGirlsinGov), Instagram (@BlackGirlsInGovernment), Facebook (Black Girls in Government)
  • Inquire about joining our Advisory Council, send resume or LinkedIn link to hello@blackgirlsingovernment.com
  • Submit your name to our database of Black women working in Government, Politics, Advocacy.

Help us reach Black girls so we can share their history with them and know they can aspire to lead in their communities and across the nation.