I can not stress this is enough--This group is for Women of Color Only! What identifes as such-Black, Native, Asian, and LatinX. If you indentify as such, this group is for you! MEN will be BANNED and REMOVED!
"People of color need their own spaces...We need places in which we can gather and be free from the mainstream stereotypes and marginalization that permeate every other societal space we occupy. We need spaces where we can be our authentic selves without white people’s judgment and insecurity muzzling that expression. We need spaces where we can simply be—where we can get off the treadmill of making white people comfortable and finally realize just how tired we are.- Kelsey Blackwell
“There are many, many different kinds of intersectional exclusions ― not just black women, but other women of color,” Crenshaw said. “Not just people of color, but people with disabilities. Immigrants. LGBTQ people. Indigenous people.”-Kimberle' Williams Crenshaw
I remember as a kid how my mother and my “Aunts” (I put this in quotes because they are not blood related) will gather around the living room and just chat about their kids, church, work, men, and so on. As a kid, I just looked at it as my mom and her friends were just hanging out and just talking. Ask I grow into my own person as a woman, a black woman; I realize that these talks they had were so crucial to their overall being. They were consistent on meeting with each other, every week. What Angela Davis beautifully described is that women of colour carry on so many hidden layers and burdens on their shoulders. And because of that, we sometimes don’t have the privilege to lay it on for someone to hear or take away. W.O.K.E (Women of Kolour Empowered) is a group for women of colour to meet in a safe place to talk about a range of topics together. We will cover relationships, racism, sexism, work-related stress, sexuality, intersectionality, career, mental health, network, current events, pop culture, strengthening current relationships, and forming new ones. Please join us while we create a network that can possibly create a safety net for all.
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde