The First Sins ~ The First Suffragists
Unerased was spurred by the 100th Anniversary of women’s voting rights in 2020. That tumultuous year of unprecedented strife and challenges demonstrated Black women’s continuous demands for our voice and our vote extend far beyond a 100-year observance. Rewind four centuries when the first stolen Africans arrived on these shores, resisting the original cardinal sin of the nation we would inherit. Throughout history, Black women fought for power in governing our bodies, our voices and our choices. Unerased| Black Women Speak is a tribute and celebration to the first warriors on whose path we follow.
Yesterday they carried the torch for all people stripped of the most fundamental forms of liberty. Today we pick up the baton, pledging to tell ourstory as it unfolds today. Through our lens of herstory, this space honors the sacrifices and triumphs of descendants of warriors, daughters of the enslaved and the future caretakers of our legacy.
McKinney & Associates, campaign and team director, is led by Gwen McKinney who established the first Black and woman-owned communications firm that expressly promotes racial justice public policy. For Unerased | Black Women Speak, McKinney continues marrying content and narrative creation into a suite of integrated strategies aimed at social change
NEO Philanthropy is our fiscal agent. Launched in 1983 as Public Interest Projects (PIP), NEO is a 501(c)(3) public charity committed to building strong social justice movements.As an intermediary, it bridges the gap that often exists between funders and organizations doing the work, through collaborative funds, fiscal sponsorships, donor services and capacity building.