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  • Writer's pictureAlli Myatt

Day 22 of #29LoveLettersToBlackWomen: Marsha Jones

Marsha Jones centers the wisdom of Black women. Jones founded The Afiya Center, a reproductive justice organization in North Texas. I met Ms. Marsha when I participated in a Racial Equity cohort through Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation.

The organization Marsha Jones has built does exceptional work. Afiya means wellness and wholeness for women. The Afiya Center has worked to expand what Reproductive Justice means in Texas and ensuring there is an intersectional awareness to the work.

What I remember most about Ms. Marsha were the stories she told of her vision how she wanted to lead and the organizational culture she was wanted to create at The Afiya Center. Jones said she wanted to create an organization where Black women and femmes could thrive. During the training, Black women from other organizations shared stories of the harm they were experiencing at work. I remember how Ms. Marsha witnessed us and affirmed us, and her wish for Black women to have new experiences at work. The other Black women that were part of The Afiya Center shared how the workplace was different for them. Marsha Jones intentionally invested in the leadership of Black women at her organization and created spaces at the table for them. It was truly inspiring to hear. I'm grate for leaders like Marsha Jones who are doing the work to create truly liberatory work environments where Black women can thrive.

This #BlackHistoryMonth, I'm celebrating 29 Black women who have influenced me through the ways they pursue their own liberation. Black women's work is often unrecognized and not cited, and this month I'm determined to pass out a few flowers to Black women. #Day22 #29LoveLettersToBlackWomen #GiveBlackWomenTheirFlowers

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