Our Story: Black Girls Vote
The Forefront of Community Engagement & Political Advocacy
Black Girls Vote (BGV), is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to uplifting the black community through education and inspiring black women to understand the public policy decisions affecting our families and communities.
Black Girls Vote was strategically launched by Nykidra “Nyki” Robinson on November 30, 2015, the birthday of Shirley Chisholm (the first black woman elected to the United States Congress) at Western High School, the oldest, all-female school in Baltimore City. The significance of this date and location reflects the core of our purpose. We seek to bring change through advocacy, outreach, and building our strength in numbers.
At Black Girls Vote, we believe our vote is our voice. Our reach and impact have contributed to the registration of over 16,000 voters. Black Girls Vote has grown to 4.3K Instagram followers, 6.9K Facebook followers and has participated in over 1,000 outreach and civic events within its four years of existence.
We target all age group and communities. We are proud to have expanded our presence into high schools and onto college campuses by way of our Ambassador Program. In March 2018, we launched our first collegiate chapter of Black Girls Vote at Morgan State University with American University following in April 2019. We are just gaining momentum and do not plan to stop there!
We do not only aim to engage, educate and empower women of color. Black Girls Vote is dedicated to using our collective voice to transform areas where bias has the most profound impact on the lives of all women. It is our civic duty. The future is female!
“I have been in the proximity of, and threatened by, the Klan; I have been called everything people of color are called; I have been denied admission because of a quota. I’ve had all of that, but I’ve also learned that getting bitter is not the way.” – Dorothy Height
Outreach Business Model
Our Outreach Business Model provides our unique organization strategy that begins with Community Engagement and ends with Individual Empowerment. Investing in the Civic Engagement, Education and Empowerment of Women of Color is not only an investment in minority communities but is an investment in society as a whole. Studies have shown that when women are empowered to make the best decisions concerning their families and communities, there are positive effects on both the social and economic development infrastructure. Our thoughtful community engagement tools and programs are designed to engage young and seasoned audiences.