WHO WE ARE

Centering the voices that matter most – Our own.

Our story

We realize that the only people who care enough about us to work consistently for our liberation are us. Our politics evolve from a healthy love for ourselves, our sisters and our community which allows us to continue our struggle and work.

-Combahee River Collective.

Black Women Speak is an ecosystem of Black Women who gather to share experiences as a way to heal, find joy and move toward liberation on our own terms! We do this by tapping into the arts, practicing healing techniques, and providing education around what it means to be a Black woman navigating this world.

We work together in order to create and sustain a better way of life for Black women and girls. Our intentions mirror the Combahee River Collective, who stated: “We realize that the only people who care enough about us to work consistently for our liberation are us. Our politics evolve from a healthy love for ourselves, our sisters and our community which allows us to continue our struggle and work.”

Black Women are the most oppressed group in America and once you add intersections on to her , the road becomes more complex. According to various studies, Black Women show signs that we internalize racism, misogynoir and stereotypes that end up manifesting itself through mental and physical illness. Despite the studies, we honor first- the voices of Black Women who feel insurmountable pressure from this society’s expectations of us, who are overworked, underpaid, who are tired, who are not heard, and who feel they are not protected.

For this purpose, Black Women Speak was founded by A’Bryana Ware in July of 2019, kicking off the organization with the event Black Women Speak On: Misogynoir. Since then, Black Women Speak has hosted multiple workshops to engage and uplift Black women’s stories, including “Liberation from the Angry Black Woman,” at the 2nd annual “Because Black Life Conference” in 2019, and bi-weekly healing groups at Augsburg University’s Pan-Afrikan center.. Black Women Speak has also held discussions on topics such as solidarity, Black representation in film, and book clubs. These long and short term initiatives prioritize plugging into the work of and magnifying Black women’s voices in the community.


We provide year-round programming that is free and open to all ages. We welcome all Black womxn of various religions, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations and identities.

We believe the lives of Black women have to be determined by centering the voices that matter most—our own.

OUR MISSION

Black Women Speak center’s Black Women’s Lives by Cultivating a Community with Black Women, Giving Voice to our Experiences as a way to Heal, Find Joy and move towards Liberation on our OWN Terms!

OUR VISION

Black Women Speak envisions a world where Black Women feel safe to speak and live with support from the global community. With every initiative, we bring healing to the forefront in order for the neglected Black woman to be free and find joy.

OUR VISION

Black Women Speak envisions a world where Black Women feel safe to speak and live with support from the global community. With every initiative, we bring healing to the forefront in order for the neglected Black woman to be free and find joy.

Impact Stories

I am very honored and grateful for the healing sessions I have been graced with from Black Woman Heal. Each gathering has nourished me and my Augsburg peers by allowing us to connect with black women in our community by sharing stories and struggles. Being surrounded by a variety of Black Women at all walks of life has been very eye-opening in the mist of my Academic term. At each and everyone of the events I attended I have left feeling more seen and appreciated for who I am. 

-Athena E.

The Black Women Speak Organization is nothing like anything I’ve experienced. This has given me the opportunity to advance as an individual and a brand. The fact that I am a college student focusing on Psychology, I ‘ve done enough research to know that trauma does heal better with others that understand you. That is exactly what black women speak has done for me, by giving me a safe space to release all stress that I have been carrying. The things offered like conferences, retreats, and small groups have all helped with stressful periods in and out of college life.

-Tolu O.

I love black women speak, I learned so much about what it means to heal as a black woman! BWS provides a safe space for women of color to learn how to care for our psychological and emotional state, free of the policing of our emotions, and judgement, something we have to deal with from society on a regular basis.

-Fayaza A.

Being apart of Black Women Speak has helped me be ok with who I am as a spiritual, empathetic, strong Black woman! I feel as though sometimes the world wants to take that from us. When I speak with these women, hang out with these women, listen to these women, I feel so very empowered. This group just allows me to be me and not feel like I’m odd or crazy. I’m just me to them and I feel so very understood!!

-Nipre M.

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