Her Dream Deferred 2016

AAPF and Partners Celebrate 2nd Annual Week Dedicated to the Status of Black Women


New York, NY - March 21, 2016 - In honor of Women's History Month and the second year of the UN’s International Decade for People of African Descent, the African American Policy Forum, the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, the Transformative Justice Coalition, National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, Black Women’s Blueprint, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the American Association of University Women, YWCA, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, and other leading gender and racial justice organizations will sponsor “#HerDreamDeferred: A Week on the Status of Black Women,” from March 28-April 1, 2016.

In conjunction with the week’s events, Senator Gillibrand entered into the Congressional Record that for the second year in a row, the last week in March is officially “Black Women’s History Week.” Recognizing years of advocacy by AAPF, Black women leaders in Congress also recently announced the creation of the Caucus on Black Women and Girls. We are grateful that this year’s event series occurs at a political moment when politicians and stakeholders across the country are paying unprecedented attention to the experiences of Black women and girls.

Throughout American history, Black women have mobilized against societal inequality, working to advance racial justice on behalf of themselves, their children, families and communities. Despite the central role they have played in movements for civil rights, the challenges Black women face at the intersections of race and gender have consistently been relegated to the margins of dominant racial and gender justice discourses. To highlight this problem and build frameworks for inclusive and comprehensive social justice reform, AAPF and CISPS will hold its second annual weeklong series of activities with each day dedicated to a specific challenge Black women and girls face in America today.

“This is a critical moment to uplift the realities of Black women and girls, and to push back against the common misconception that they are doing 'just fine,'” explained Kimberlé Crenshaw, Executive Director of AAPF and CISPS. "We are at a political juncture where an increased level of concern is finally being extended toward women and girls of color. It is urgent that we use this  moment to ensure that the resources being directed toward this population are sustainable and targeted to uproot the systemic barriers to equality facing Black women and girls."

#HerDreamDeferred is dedicated to elevating issues confronting Black women and girls that are often cast into the shadows of public concern. Each day from March 28-April 1, we will host an online event to highlight a specific set of challenge facing Black women and other women of color. The series will be led by a series of prominent racial and gender justice leaders, including Jamilah Lemieux, Kiese Laymon, Heidi Hartmann, Barbara Arnwine, Anu Bhagwati, and many more. Topics that will be covered include: #BlackGirlsMatter: Countering Criminalization In and Outside of School; #StandingUpForMom: Resisting the War on Black Single Mothers; Race and Gender Below the Mason-Dixon: The Status of Women of Color in the South; The Unspeakable Truth: The Reality of Sexual Assault at HBCUs; and Neglected at Home After Serving Abroad: The Story of Black Women Veterans.

Our goal is to elevate these challenges so that stakeholders across the country can better understand and address the unique challenges facing Black women and girls. Information is key to broaden the public will to develop an inclusive social justice agenda that leaves no one behind.

“In a moment where we are transitioning from one historic presidency to potentially another one, there is a profound possibility that Black women may fall through the cracks again,” explained AAPF co-founder Luke Harris. “AAPF and CISPS will continue our work to generate the public will to collect data on women and girls of color to make sure the information is there to foreground their needs in racial justice agendas.”

For more information and to register for the week’s events, visit: www.aapf.org/herdreamdeferred2016