We are Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter.
We are a collective of Black women, queer, and gender non-conforming artists working in solidarity with the movement for Black lives.
We come together in the face of the erasure, exclusion and outright violence against Black bodies that has flourished under global white supremacy.
We understand that violence against black bodies is felt most acutely by those who live at the intersection of blackness and other marginalized identities. Our community prioritizes the safety of black women, black queer and trans people, and disabled people.
We believe in the interdependence of care and action, desire and possibility, visibility and invisibility, and vitality and self-determination as strategies to disavow and resist pervasive conditions of racism.
We recognize that we have structural power as a group independent of institutional constructs that erase and exclude us. In coming together, we commit to our collective liberation, centrality, and value.
We prioritize the sanctity and knowledge of our own bodies and experiences. Our work emanates from that powerful center.
We refuse to capitulate to a society where our bodies and those of our friends, family, and lovers are always on the line.
We challenge short-sighted ideologies that have been shaped by a small, yet powerful few.
We believe in change enacted through pressure applied from multiple directions.
We work as a community and a collective in response to the continued institutionalized violence against Black lives.
We work for a world where Black people can be free, safe and able to thrive.
We work in the memory of Korryn Gaines, Alexia Christian, Mya Hall, Gabriella Nevarez, Shantel Davis, Miriam Carey, Malissa Williams, Sharmel Edwards, LaTanya Haggerty, Kendra James, Sandra Bland, Shelly Frey, Margaret LaVerne Mitchell, Eleanor Bumpurs, Kathryn Johnston, Alberta Spruill, Danette Daniels, Frankie Ann Perkins, Tanisha Anderson, Michelle Cusseaux, Pearlie Golden, Kayla Moore, Shereese Francis, Tyisha Miller, Natasha McKenna, Sheneque Proctor, Kyam Livingston, Rekia Boyd, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Tarika Wilson, Meagan Hockaday, Janisha Fonville, Aura Rosser, Yvette Smith, Alesia Thomas, Sonji Taylor, Darnisha Harris, Anna Brown, Nizah Morris, Duanna Johnson, Symone Marshall, Kindra Chapman, Joyce Curnell, Ralkina Jones, Raynette Turner, Taja DeJesus, Penny Proud, Islan Nettles, Ty Underwood, Lamia Beard, Yasmin Vash Payne, Aniya Parker, Papi Edwards, Deshawnda Sanchez, Esmin Green, and countless others.