Support Black Women for A Better Education

Who we are:
We are a coalition of Black women, parents, current and retired educators, and concerned community members committed to ensuring that all Black children in the Southwestern Pennsylvania region receive the high-quality education they deserve. 

Our coalition is diverse; some of us are new to educational advocacy, while others have been championing these causes for decades. We engage stakeholders across multiple school districts in the region, but focus much of our work on Pittsburgh Public Schools, the second largest school district in the state with the largest concentration of Black students in the Southwestern PA region. Our ultimate goal is to dismantle systems that perpetuate racism and oppression in and around our schools.

Why we are asking for your support:
In its first year, Black Women for a Better Education successfully moved the needle on the dialogue and action around education in the SWPA region, and transformed the dynamic  of the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board. Now we need your support to take our operations, advocacy, and community organizing to the next level.  Your financial support empowers us to pay organizers and guest speakers, conduct marketing and outreach, facilitate meetings, support student-centered candidates, and mobilize our community to achieve the change that we need for our schools.  Your generous support will fund the following core pillars of our work:

Learning Institutes: Our ongoing series of virtual, interactive sessions feature education advocates, scholars, and elected officials, and are designed to prepare Black women and co-conspirators to become education thought leaders and run for office. 

White Papers: Our publications are fact-based, rich with data, and unapologetic. We write about the history of education in the region, make policy recommendations, and issue calls to action to leaders who can influence the trajectory of Black children in our communities.

Political Action Committee: Our PAC endorses and financially supports candidates who are willing to speak boldly about education issues and include them in their platforms.

Our Leadership

We have a shared leadership model in which every member plays a role in content development and decision making. We operate as a united front, in alignment with the sisterhood that runs deep with Black women. Education in our region is a political, divisive, and racially charged topic; many of us are risking our reputations to speak up about something so important to us. We will not allow individual attacks or cherry picking by the media, school districts, or the public to cloud the unified message that we have established.
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Black Women For A Better Education
Pittsburgh, PA

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