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CBMA Partners with The Colored Girls Museum for Women's History Month!

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) today announced a new partnership with The Colored Girls Museum (TCGM), located at 4613 Newhall Street in Philadelphia, PA.

As part of its 10th year anniversary activities, CBMA has planned a roster of events and campaigns in celebration of its launch as part of the Open Society Foundations in 2008. On MLK Day in 2015, the national membership network spun-off into an independent entity, with a national membership network of more than 5,200 individuals and 2,300 organizations that are committed to improving life outcomes and opportunities for America’s Black men and boys. 

“While Black Male Achievement is our organization's core focus, we know that building beloved communities where Black men and boys can succeed and prosper is impossible without the inclusion, leadership, and voices of Black women and girls," said CBMA CEO Shawn Dove. “Throughout the past decade CBMA has, with great intentionality, supported and invested in programs and initiatives that honor and uplift Black women and girls so that they, too, can achieve their full promise and potential. We are excited to continue that legacy through our partnership with The Colored Girls Museum -- because of what it represents for the future of our communities, and how we collectively address both the challenges and opportunities facing us.”   

Opened in 2016, The Colored Girls Museum is a first-of-its-kind museum honoring the stories, experiences, and history of women and girls of color, described as “equal parts research facility, exhibition space, gathering place and think tank.” On March 4th the museum launched its new “Urgent Care” exhibit, which redefines the concept and practice of urgent care from triage to aftercare. Founder Vashti DuBois converted her home into the museum, which features salon-style guided tours presided over by DuBois and other artists and curators.    

The partnership kicks off with #ColoredGirlTalks takeovers on CBMA's Instagram page featuring curated content and conversations with some of the “Urgent Care” artists, including:

Lavette Ballard (March 12th)

Nastassja E. Swift (March 19th)

Calli J. Roche (March 23rd) 

“It is our great privilege to celebrate this ten year anniversary with CBMA who have graciously stepped forward to help us amplify the mission of this museum,” said TCGM Founder Vashti DuBois. “Our current exhibit addresses the need for urgent care now. When we think about urgent care we think about the medical we don't consider relational urgency the importance of showing up caring for and supporting one another as black and brown people. Yet we must be willing and able to extend urgent care to one another --that is what this partnership represents. The fierce urgency of now requires our collective movement if we are to have collective healing.”    

To follow and join the conversation, visit @CampaignforBMA on Instagram!


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