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My mission is to build power for any person who’s connected to The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects. This power isn’t necessarily the kind that, Huey P. Newton said, defines phenomena and makes it act in a desired manner. It’s much more intimate than that. What I know for sure is the genesis and fulfillment of power is space and time. Space, literal space. Space to express physically with dance, verbally with a loud voice, or without being told that one’s very being is offensive. And that coupled with time. Time to play, mourn and rejoice, time to figure things out, screw up and time to do nothing without being called lazy. Black girls who have access to space and time have power. Powerful black girls are autonomous, self-actualized, liberated black girls. And perhaps those black girls will define phenomena and make it act in a desired manner (if they so choose).

Natalie A. Collier
Director, The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects


The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects mission is to be a revelatory, unflickering light for black girls and young women in the southeastern United States through focused programming and by creating safe spaces for them.


The Lighthouse | Black Girl Projects takes a holistic approach to leadership development of black girls and women through a consortium of projects. These projects are avenues by which black girls in the southeastern United States are centered, from the research agenda to the programming. The organization creates safe spaces for these black girls with the ultimate goal of having their homes and communities places where their safety and freedom are welcomed..



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