The Black Girlhood Altar Exhibition
Open to the public Nov 20, 2021 – Mar 27, 2022
During the pandemic, A Long Walk Home has been working on a new project that honors and creates awareness for the missing and murdered Black girls and young women, The Black Girlhood Altar.
Feminist artist Andrea Bowers invited the Museum of Contemporary teen leadership program, Teen Creative Agency (TCA), to curate a gallery space in her exhibition to the most important activists working in Chicago today. TCA selected A Long Walk Home because of our continued commitment to advocate for Black young women and girls.
The Black Girlhood Altar is a sacred site assembled by Black girls in Chicago for Black girls and young women who have gone missing or been murdered. A Long Walk Home's artists Scheherazade Tillet, Leah Gipson, and Robert Narciso, partnered with Black girls and their communities during the pandemic to transform public spaces from sites of trauma to places of collective remembrance and power.
This altar will honor Rekia Boyd, Ma'Khia Bryant, “Hope,” Breonna Taylor, Marcie Gerald, Latasha Harlins, and Lyniah Bell.
“We hope this space is reflective as a place of mourning and a call to action. Black girls and young women deserve protection, healing, and a world without violence.”
The Black Girlhood Altar Playlist
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Black Girl Freedom Fund
A Long Walk Home Is proud to be a founding partner of the Black Girl Freedom Fund, a 10-year philanthropic initiative designed to invest in the lives and livelihood of Black girls and young women in the United States. Join us and our partner organizations at this extraordinary time. Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Girls for Gender Equity, ‘me too.’ Movement, Ms. Foundation for Women, National Women’s Law Center, and Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium. SIGN THE OPEN LETTER
#SayHerName: The Rekia Boyd Memorial Project
The #SayHerName: Rekia Boyd Memorial Project engages black girls and young women as citizen-artists who research and help design temporary monuments, media installations, and share in working toward a permanent commemorative structure. Working with members and municipal leaders in the working-class neighborhood of North Lawndale and Martinez Sutton, Boyd’s brother and founder of Rekia’s Haven, this project is based in Chicago’s Douglas Park because it is the site where several high school girls have been abducted and later sexually assaulted since at least 2009 and where 22-year-old African American young woman Rekia Boyd was killed by an off-duty police officer in 2012. Our long term goal is a permanent monument dedicated to the life of Rekia Boyd and activate and infuse public spaces with their vision and voice and serve as a national model that recognizes black girls as innovative leaders and powerful organizers.
Black Girl Takeover: Douglas Park
Black Girl Takeover inaugurated a public art program by black girls and young women in North Lawndale’s Douglas Park to address the rising crisis of violence against black girls in Chicago. Partnering with the Chicago Park District, A Long Walk Home’s Girl/Friends artists and activists took over a park, a public space that often endangers black girls and their families, with various expressions of black girlhood. This included double-dutch, a live concert by Chicago’sJamila Woods, an outdoor photography exhibition and photoshoot, and the “Healing Tree,” a collective gathering special tribute to pay homage to recently missing and murdered Black girls.
Organized by: Scheherazade Tillet
Participating Artists/Performers: Jamila Woods, Martinez Sutton, [Katherine Dunham] [DJ] [Double dutch]
Partners: Chicago Parks District, Monument Lab, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago