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  • Writer's pictureAlli Myatt

Day 24 of #29LoveLettersToBlackWomen: J LeShaé Jenkins

Freedom obsessed. That's how Ms. J LeShaé Jenkins website describes her. And I think it's an absolutely perfect description.

I met Ms. J when I was looking for a consultant to support our organizational DEI strategy. We met for lunch first - I think because J wanted to make sure I was trying to make sure I wasn't one of those people who was only about words and not actions. Luckily J said yes to working with us. Her work was truly transformative. She changed how we all saw ourselves and the role that identity plays at work. She also helped people see their power. People's lives were changed because of working with J. I'm grateful for all she poured into the organization and me.

I'm also grateful I've been able to witness J's evolution to her own liberation practice. You see, at her core, J is an artist. Art shows up in all she does and is deeply embedded in the programming at Building Opportunities & Opening Minds or BOOM, the youth leadership organization she founded to co-create power in Dallas. Over the last few years, J has been moving more towards her art. Through her Daughter of Dallas project, she is exploring what we can learn about liberation from Black women artists in Dallas who have created their own spaces where they can thrive. I've loved learning about the work of these women through J. Their efforts to create their own spaces is a blueprint for how working collectively Black women can journey toward liberation together.

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. #Day24 #29LoveLettersToBlackWomen #GiveBlackWomenTheirFlowers

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