Black History Month + Women's History Month

Let's Make HERstory

Black History Month +
Women's History Month

#BlackHistoryMonth

#WomensHistoryMonth

We’re combining these two great months - meant to honor the contributions of two groups who are often dismissed - into a two month celebration of Black women. This year, we will be honoring entrepreneurs of today while also honoring the Black women who blazed the trail before us. Unsung heroes like Barbara Jones, who in 1951, as a 16-year-old student of a segregated school in Farmville, led her classmates to strike. The resulting legal case became one of five suits included in Brown v. Board of Education. And women today, like young author Tamera Trimuel, who started a business at the age of 9 and recently published her first book as a High School student. “Dear Black Girl, You Are IT!,” about the need for Black girls to start recognizing their own worth. 

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any."

HERstory Events

Girls For A Change Signature Series

Thursday Instagram LIVE Series: HERstory Now

Join us for a series of Instagram LIVE interviews with Black women entrepreneurs who are making change now. Check out our schedule for February and March below and learn a bit more about these amazing women. Then join us live for their session on Instagram

Chef Coco

Thursday, February 25
Sequoia Ross
Vegan, Cookie Lover, Chef, Believer
LIVE at 6:30pm EST

Ceonna Samuels, professional tutor

Thursday, March 4
Ceonna Samuels
Professional Tutor
iPower92 30 Under 30 Honoree ‘18
LIVE at 6:30pm EST

Slomique Hawrylo

Thursday, March 11
Slomique Hawrylo
Founder, Carpe Diem Events
Event planner

Cycle instructor, Jenn Braswell, Founder Hour Cycle Studio

Thursday, March 11
Jenn Braswell
Founder, Hour Cycle Studio
Fitness Instructor
LIVE at 7:00pm EST

Jasmine Lawrence

Wednesday, March 17
Jasmine Lawrence
Founder, EDEN BodyWorks
Entrepreneur
LIVE at 6:30pm EST

Kierra Bussey

Thursday, March 18
Kierra Bussey
Ignite Your Peace™️ Candle Co.
Entrepreneur, Maker
LIVE at 6:30pm EST

Arvat McClaine

Thursday, March 25
Arvat McClaine
Author, Entrepreneur, Educator & Motivational Speaker
LIVE at 6:30pm EST

Tonia Coker

Thursday, March 25
Tonia Coker
Realtor,  Fitness Enthusiast
LIVE at 7:00pm EST

Block the Vote - All Month
(Richmond Public Library Event)

The Right to Vote coalition and the Richmond Public Library welcome you to Block The Vote: The Deliberate Suppression of the Black Vote. This exhibit traces the history of voter suppression and felony disenfranchisement in Virginia and throughout our nation. Policy decisions 150 years in the making have led to millions of Black voters being blocked from the ballot box in the past and still today. A famous quote cites that “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” and we hope this look back encourages us to ensure that all Virginians have the right to vote.

Wednesday, February 24

"The Black family and its representation, identity, and diversity": A discussion with Michael Dickinson, Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, and Grace Gipson (Richmond Public Library event)

Join us for presentations and a panel discussion on this year's Black History Month theme: the Black family and its representations, identity, and diversity.  Together, Drs. Michael Dickinson, Kimberly Wallace-Sanders, and Grace Gipson will explore aspects of the Black family unit and its representation, both historically and in more contemporary media.  A Q&A session will follow the discussion.

Friday, February 26

Through the Eyes of the Poet
(Richmond Public Library event)

Let us celebrate the joys and pains of life through the eyes of our favorite African American Poets. This will be an informal poetry meetup with room for friendly discussion. Pour yourself a cup of tea and bring your favorite poem to share with the group. A deep knowledge of poetry is not required just a poem that has touched you in some way and a desire to listen and share. All are welcome.

Support Our Work

Girl Ambassador Program, Ready to Work

It's time for our girls to be on the front end of history, and this Black History and Womens History month we want to inspire them to create their own stories. Want to support girls in creating Herstory? Help us raise funds for our 2021 Girl Ambassador Program so that we can continue to provide workforce development, certifications, and job placement for Black girls in High School.

Purchase a Book. Inspire a Girl.

Dear Black Girl, You Are IT!We are also fundraising to support a young, Black author AND inspire our girls. We want to donate a copy of "Black Girl, You Are IT!" by Tamera Trimuel to every one of our Girl Ambassador Program participants, and you can help! You can donate copies of the book by purchasing from our Amazon Wishlist. Let our girls know they have your full support by picking up a book today!

Girls For A Change In the News

Black women watching as Vice President Harris is sworn in on television

‘We now get to see ourselves in politics,’ says organizer who works with girls of color

RICHMOND, Va. -- Watching our nation’s first ever woman of color Supreme Court justice swear in our first female Vice President of color, it’s a monumental moment in history that isn’t lost on Angela Patton and Genisus Holland.

“I’m overwhelmed, but I’m also proud and I’m in awe” Holland said.

Field of girls outside jumping up

Girls For A Change Partners with Jr. NBA

Girls For A Change (GFAC), a local nonprofit youth development organization, has announced a collaboration with the Jr. NBA to provide leadership development opportunities to high school and middle school female athletes in the Richmond community.