Who We Are

WHY

Unerased | Black Women Speak is a public engagement initiative committed to shaping narrative and creating content that amplifies Black women’s voices. Through storytelling, live and virtual events and digital platforms, we strive to shine light on the civic engagement, advocacy and achievements of Black women and the causes they embrace. Our goal is not to replicate the activism that abounds, but to celebrate our change agents, influencers and organizations. 

WHAT

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.

Founding Sisters

Project Team/Advisors

Gwen McKinney, Creator and Campaign Director, launched the first Black woman-owned communications firm dedicated to race-centered national policy. She breathes that same acumen into Unerased public engagement, partnerships and storytelling by and about Black women. 

Alyssa Davis, Digital Coordinator, is passionate about creating meaningful content as the Unerased Youtube curator.She has a strong interest in promoting equity for Black and Indigenous communities, especially in healthcare.

April Perry-McKellar, Event Manager, is a content creator who uses video, visuals, music and social platforms to tell press our causes. The native Philadelphian lives with her husband and son.

Antoinette Minor, Social Media and Marketing Specialist, is dedicated to helping Black women influence and inspire their audiences using social media. The Philadelphian enjoys creating content with her “Chief Bark Officer,” Maci.

Carolyn Malachi, Audio Designer, is a Grammy-nominated artist, producer and engineer. The Howard University professor also mixes records for independent artists and conducts research on the intersection of sound and blockchain technology.

Holli Holliday, Constituency Advisor, is a convener, constituency leader, attorney and racial justice advocate whose talents are dedicated to social change for women and healthy workplace cultures aimed at inclusive democracy. 

Jovida Hill, Advisor, heads the Philadelphia Commission for Women. A specialist on gender and racial inclusion, she is an award-winning producer of more than 200 films on education, broadcast and training.

Levi Perrin, Digital Editor, brings a passion for creative storytelling, racial equity and grassroots change. A seventh-generation South Carolinian, he comes to Unerased with experience in digital media outreach and research. 

Llenda Jackson-Leslie, Content Editor,  is a senior communications professional, specializing in public engagement and content management. She is also a senior communications associate with the National Partnership on Women and Families.

Nkechi Taifa, Editorial Advisor, human rights attorney, commentator and author has worked at the Open Society Foundations, Howard University School of Law, ACLU and National Prison Project to advance race equity.

Alex Kavouras, Graphic Designer, is native of Baltimore, MD, and proud Greek-American. He holds a degree in digital communications and has over 15 years of experience in the design industry. 

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.

FUNDERS

Initial funding for Unerased | Black Women Speak was provided by the following organizations.

Donor Advised Anonymous Donors

Project Team/Advisors

SPONSORS

Initial funding for Suffrage. Race. Power. was provided by the following organizations.

“Anonymous” Women Donors

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