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Black Womens Blueprint, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Services, Civil Rights, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Black Women’s Blueprint, Inc. is a civil and human rights organization of women and men. Our purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now. We work to develop a culture where African-American women are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. We engage in progressive research, historical documentation, support movement building and organize for social justice steeped in the struggles of African-American women within their own communities and within dominant culture.


Our Black HerStory Project aims to counter the effects of popular culture, teaches Black History in order to promote respect and dignity for Black women by highlighting and teaching their rich contribution to history, raising self-esteem, self-worth, connecting the past to the present and future, reconnecting to roots and inspiring pride. Part museum, part library, this Project is committed to creating greater knowledge and appreciation of the relevance of Black women to Women’s History and Black Historical issues, through innovative exhibitions, public programs and educational interactive tours tailored for our boys and girls offering them alternative images of Black women. This program has already obtained materials for several exhibits on the lives of key Black women from throughout the African Diaspora. At capacity this program will house artifacts, books, papers, video documentaries, video re-enactments, periodicals, t-shirts, buttons, campaign banners, organizational files etc. in a grand space catering to community adults and youth alike.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Black Women's Blueprint is healing realized. Through sisterhood, communal teaching, and safe space, Black women are empowered to be our best selves. What I love most about this organization is its integrity. It is literally a mission driven collective that takes a bold stance on serving Black women in our totality. Without compromise, BWB reflects love, support, knowledge, shared power, justice, and creativity. BWB is undaunted by this nation's urgent need: redefined equity.


Board Member

Rating: 5

To describe Black Women's Blueprint (BWB) is an "important" organization would be not only an understatement but, perhaps, a misnomer. BWB is an INDISPENSABLE organization. Black Women's Blueprint social justice advocacy and community organizing is unique and sucessful due in large part to the fact that issues relating to race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economics and politics are understood to be instrinsically linked. Therefore, the struggle for racial, gender and economic empowerment and equality can never be mutally exclusive. BWB is one of few organizations (if not the only in NYC) whose work reflects the reality of the lives of Black women, men and families in this way. I know this is one of the main reasons BWB has been able to steadily attract and engage such a large and diverse group of members and supporters. Far from your average civil and human rights organization Black Women's Blueprint's mission and work is innovate and effective. BWB engages in progessive movement building from the community level to the pursuit of policy changes.

Sherley A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When the Co-Founder Ms. Farah Tanis called me to offer an idea of what she wanted to do, I was simply amazed at the sheer magnificence of the Love that exists in her for Pan-African Girls & Women’s' Rights residing in America. Ms. Tanis & her fellow Board Members chiseled at this idea to expand Black Women's Blueprint (BWB) to become a wide Network that incorporates the motto "the personal is political". Women from all walks of Life (and some men) are welcomed with their individual gifts and talents, which are encouraged to blossom and sprout to our communities.
It all started with bringing Art and History into NYC public schools. It is admirable to recognize the thirst and enthusiasm that these demonstrated by being active participants in the homework and projects about notable Blacks that are not highlighted in the History books.
There are other phenomenal “Truth Commissions” that Black Women’s Blueprint endeavors to educate us about whose shoulders we stand on. Successful productions such as Mother Tongue Monologues that receive “Rave Reviews”. Because the founders of BWB are in tuned with our women’s needs, this year a day of release was created; Catharsis offered attendees a safe space to release particular traumas and it also opened the doors to local practitioners and artists to showcase their talents. Black Women’s Blueprint believes in supporting local businesses/entrepreneurs and this in and of itself is a method of Occupying Wall Street.
Quite recently, in the new office space a Museum entitled “MoWRe” has been erected in Honor of the Women of Wednesday in Mississippi. To sit at the table where Ms. Coretta Scott-King, Rosa Parks, and other Civil Rights Women communed to bring about change for the people is an esteemed honor.
Black Women’s Blueprint is the Light House of our community. It would be a privilege to support such a successful circular organization to continue with the work that it is already doing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

At Black Women's Blueprint I have found empowerment and sisterhood like never before. So much information, so much I've learned, so many resources. So much I have gained personally and professionally. Blueprint is extremely successful, very effective at supporting, nurturing and healing Women of African descent.

Board Member

Rating: 5

An organization that appreciates the voice of each member. Each member has ownership and each member can be a leader, can heal, recover, and revolutionize the world.

Farah T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Out of the huts of history's shame, I rise.
Up from a past that's rooted in pain, I rise.
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide.

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise.
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear, I rise.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave.
I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise, I rise, I rise.
~Maya Angelou

For Those Whom with Their Hands, Fingers and Feet, Ideas, Knowledge and All Manner of Resources, Helped Build Black Women’s Blueprint. Thank You

For me Black Women's Blueprint is about our collective survival. The organization has changed my life in the sense that it has provided me with the space and connections I so needed with others who believe in the humanity of women of Africa descent, others fiercely committed to women's well-being, in railing against systems of oppression, in telling my/our stories, in holding community accountable. Most of all this organization has helped me to be of better support to survivors of sexual assault in my life whom I love dearly. I am learning everyday from all the others involved at Black Women's Blueprint.