Not Without Black Women
Many remember Brittany Oliver from her viral blog post about the Women’s March on Washington, but this Baltimore native has continued to expand her activism in Maryland since 2016.
Oliver says her advocacy work began in her teens, when she petitioned to expand African American history curricula in her high school. After graduating from college, she coordinated communications for the ACLU, and helped out at Hollaback! Baltimore, an organization dedicated to ending street harassment in the city.
As her comments on the Women’s March propelled her into the limelight, Oliver’s grassroots and organizing skills blossomed. Searching for her peers, she soon founded Not Without Black Women, a group that seeks to uplift and center the experiences of black women in Maryland.
Through events, advocacy in Annapolis, and community-building, Not Without Black Women has helped Oliver both galvanize and stay embedded in her community. She is currently working on a degree in public policy at American University, which she hopes will enable her to author meaningful legislation in the future.
Footage courtesy of Not Without Black Women and Thalia Juarez
Camera assistance by Teonna Pearson