Facing Race: A National Conference coming to St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024! #SaveTheDate

Kwajelyn Jackson

Community Education & Advocacy Director | Feminist Women’s Health Center

Kwajelyn Jackson currently serves as Community Education & Advocacy Director at Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC) in Atlanta, GA, where she manages volunteer engagement, leadership development, education programs, community outreach, and legislative advocacy to improve reproductive health, rights and justice in Georgia. She began with FWHC in 2013, and has since committed to expanding FWHC’s statewide impact and deepening its community partnerships. She has a BA in economics from Spelman College and an MS in urban policy studies from the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University.

Presentations from Facing Race 2016

Reporting on The State of the Black Woman

Black women have strong, powerful voices, however our experiences are often shoved to the margins in favor of the ‘movement’ — but where does this leave us? Like our ancestors before us, we will break bread and deliberate on the State of the Black Woman in the United States. We will lift up our movement successes and create a plan to overcome our challenges. We will hold one another’s truths, while speaking our own. Participants will leave the room with an analysis of challenges we must overcome, a strategy for building opportunities for sisterhood across the nation, and reinvigorated to achieve the tasks ahead. The words of Black women change the world each and every day, but often they are silenced by the mainstream.

During this panel, attendees will hear from the Black women writers of Echoing Ida, a project of Forward Together that amplifies the voices of Black women, developing generations of thought leaders and skilled communicators in the social justice movement. The panelists will share their experiences using their personal stories and writing to achieve advocacy and political change. The panel will also discuss their experiences of their collective model, how to get published, partnering with organizations to elevate their work, and the benefits of the Black writer sisterhood. Participants will learn how to identify issues within their own lives and how to frame their stories, as well as have a deeper understanding of the publishing and writing world.

Speakers: Renee Bracey Sherman, Raquel Willis, Jamilah Lemieux, Chanta Parker, Kwajelyn Jackson, Shanelle Matthews