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Black Feminist Collective is an intergenerational online collective of womanists (Black feminists) who advocate for the liberation of all Black folks.

Submit an article, poem or interview, to Black Feminist Collective, where submissions are always open and no experience in writing is required! You will be asked write your name, gender pronouns, email address, a short one to two sentence bio, details about your submission and to upload your article(s) and/or poetry, as well as an image that best aligns with your submission. You will be asked write your name, gender pronouns, email address, a short one to two sentence bio, details about your submission and to upload your article(s) and/or poetry, as well as an image that best aligns with your submission. You’ll also be asked if you’re willing to pass on this opportunity to other Black people. Don’t forget to give credit to the photographer, artist, website, magazine and/or newspaper! Feel free to submit more than one writing and to place links to different websites! As of right now, Black Feminist Collective is not offering compensation.

If you have any trouble submitting through this form, please don’t hesitate to email your submission(s), along with a short one to two sentence bio, an image that best aligns with your submission(s), credit to the person who created that image, and a subject line that reads, “Black Feminist Collective Submission” to our founder and editor-in-chief, Stephanie Younger. Follow Black Feminist Collective on Facebook and Instagram for more content.


About the Founder & Editor-in-Chief

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Courtesy of Teresa Younger

I’m Stephanie, a 17-year-old student activist, organizer and writer who advocates for womanism, diversity in S.T.E.A.M, the abolition of youth prisons and gun violence prevention. When I wrote an article spotlighting Black girls, women and non-binary people challenging the status quo in May of 2017, I decided to create Black Feminist Collective, and after a year and a half, I decided to become the editor-in-chief, and began collecting, editing and publishing writings from other Black people. 

After seeing Black folks experience police brutality on the news in 2016, I decided to become a youth leader at Richmond Youth Peace Project (RYPP), where I have helped other young folks apply non-violent conflict resolution to reduce gun violence. Being involved with RYPP, I was given the platform to perform original spoken-word poetry in response to police brutality and white feminism, and to speak at the March For Our Lives (MFOL) in Richmond, Virginia. Speaking at MFOL has gifted me the opportunity to contribute articles to the ACLU of Virginia’s blog, and shortly after, I was then invited to the ACLU National Membership Conference, where I met and interviewed organizer, writer, artist and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors. I have also contributed to blogs and magazines such as The Melanin Diary, Reforming America, Honey For Your Tea, I am ZMKF and Sesi Magazine. As of 2019, my advocacy surrounding gun violence prevention has led to becoming involved as an organizer with March For Our Lives Virginia.

In 2017, I starting taking classes at Girls Who Code, an organization whose mission is to close the gender gap in technology and to “change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.” Within two months, I was selected to travel to Atlanta, Georgia for Girls Who Code’s summer immersion program at General Electric (G.E.), which not only changed my life, but also helped me give back to my community by helping launch a Girls Who Code Club in Richmond, VA. I eventually earned an award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology, “in recognition of excellent aptitude and interest in computing, solid leadership ability, good academic history and future plans in the field of computer science,” became a Girls Who Code alumni ambassador and participated in their #TeamSisterhood campaign. Shortly after organizing and speaking at a climate strike in Richmond about the significance of diversifying the conversation about science and climate change, I began organizing with the Virginia Youth Climate Strike, a movement that strikes so “our world leaders will acknowledge, prioritize, or properly address our climate crisis.”

After seeing my spoken-word performance about police brutality in 2017, I was invited by the Afrikana Independent Film Festival to volunteer as a youth ambassador at a screening of Free Angela and All Political Prisoners and to meet Angela Davis, whose story inspired me to be the youngest person to contribute to Black Youth Project and the youngest speaker at the Virginia Prison Reform RallyWhen I took a course at VCU Arts Sculpture, I joined Art 180, an organization composed of “artists, writers, musicians, poets, dancers creating change through art.” Art 180 has provided me with a platform to express myself and convey my message of racial justice through sculpture, dance, improv, poetry, paintings, creative writing and self portraits. The first march I ever helped organize in partnership with Art 180 was with RISE For Youth,“a nonpartisan campaign that supports community alternatives to youth prisons.” Through my work with RISE, I have worked with projects like Performing Statistics to create a community that fully invests in youth instead of youth incarceration.

You can keep up with me by following me on Instagram and Twitter.


Events & Campaigns I’ve Worked With

#TeamSisterhood Campaign – Girls Who Code

Courtesy of Girls Who Code

Global Climate Strike – Virginia Youth Climate Strike

Courtesy of Virginia Youth Climate Strike

“Wear Orange” Rally Community Partners – Moms Demand Action Virginia

Courtesy of Moms Demand Action Virginia

Virginia Youth Climate Strike

Courtesy of Virginia Youth Climate Strike

Why We March – Women’s March RVA

Courtesy of Women’s March RVA

Justice Parade For Youth – RISE For Youth

Courtesy of RISE For Youth

Writing Portfolio

A Seat at the Table: 4 Black Girls Get Real About Gun Violence – Sesi Magazine

Benny Haddad/Sesi Magazine

Black and Brown Youth Have Fought for Our Planet – I am ZMKF

Courtesy of Teresa Younger

Why I Identify as an Intersectional Womanist – Honey For Your Tea

Joseph Blanton/Richmond Peace Education Center

Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations – Reforming America

Erin Edgerton/VCU Capital News Service

How This March For Our Lives Chapter is Organizing to End Gun Violence – Medium

Courtesy of Steve Eberhardt

We Need a Community of Inclusion in the Fight for Gender Equality – ACLU of Virginia

Courtesy of Victoria N. McGovern

Schools Need to Guide Black Girls, Not Criminalize Us; Havana Chapman Edwards is the student Activist We Need Right NowThe Melanin Diary

Courtesy of The Melanin Diary

Movie Review: The Hate U Give – Richmond Peace Education Center

Erika Doss/20th Century Fox

It is our responsibility as Virginians to direct attention to and put anti-black racism through police violence to an end. – ACLU of Virginia

Nour Goulmamine/Instagram

I spent my 16th birthday at the ACLU National Membership Conference. It didn’t disappoint. – ACLU of Virginia

Phuong Tran/ACLU of Virginia

Black students deserve more inclusion in the conversation on gun violence that disproportionately affects them. – ACLU of Virginia

Mark Strandquist/Performing Statistics

It’s Important to Listen to Black Girls in the Fight Against Gun Violence – ACLU of Virginia

Phuong Tran/ACLU of Virginia

Virginia Prison Reform Rally

Phuong Tran/ACLU of Virginia

An evening with Angela Davis inspired me to advocate for prison abolition for Black girls – Black Youth Project

Brandon Choe/Daily Bruin

Girls Who Code RVA

Brooke Smith, Girls Who Code RVA

The Bill Review – Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Project Gallery

Maria Rodgers Photography

Author – Black Feminist Collective

Mark Strandquist/Performing Statistics

Read + Review — The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – YA x YA

Illustration by Debra Cartwright

News

STEMinism: Exploring the Gender Gap in STEM fields

Caroline Krall & Annie Bennett/
Severn Fellows Project

A Test of Freedom – UCLA Magazine

Courtesy of UCLA Magazine

“Davis, now 75, has inspired generations. For example, Stephanie Younger, a black student activist who advocates for STEAM diversity, youth prison abolition and nonviolence, says Davis’ advocacy for prison abolition “inspired me to do the same for my community.”

Younger helped create Angela Davis’ Black Girl Coalition, which makes learning skills like conflict resolution accessible to black female students in marginalized communities. Hearing Davis speak, Younger says, served as an “affirmation to young and socially conscious black people who are willing to be a voice in the community that we will inherit.”
– UCLA Magazine

A new report shows how racism and bias deny black girls their childhoods – Vox

Courtesy of Georgtown Law Channel/Youtube

“Many of the women and girls who spoke to researchers also described having to deal with people’s expectations that they were angry or aggressive. Starting in childhood, black girls are seen as “sassy,” or accused of having attitude problems, perceptions often rooted in stereotypes of the “angry black woman.” “@GtownLawPovCntr When three teachers accused me of threatening a white girl (whom I didn’t get along with). I was 9. When a robotics team accused me of being “ungracious” and “acting out” when they refused to teach me how to code. I was 14.” 
– P.R. Lockhart, Vox

Amplifying: Stephanie Younger – Amplifying Our Voices

Mark Strandquist/Performing Statistics

“An essential part in creating a better understanding of diversity is providing a space for people of color to tell their personal stories. In these features, AOV has extended its platform beyond our writers and reached out to 4 phenomenal people of color making a difference in their communities.” – Maya Dummett, Amplfying Our Voices

#BlackGirlMagic Column – Sesi Magazine

Courtesy of Sesi Magazine

“Like most of us, 16-year-old Stephanie Younger didn’t see herself in the mainstream media. A self procalimed student activist and Womanist, she decied to step up to the plate and change things, starting with her blog Black Feminist Collective.” – Stacey Coles, Sesi Magazine

How The U.S Prison System Oppresses Marginalized Groups – Was It Something I Said? Podcast Interview

Was it Something I Said?

An Open Essay to My Encounters With White Feminism – Richmond Youth Peace Project

Courtesy of Richmond Peace Education Center

AiC Members – In the News (February 2019)

Courtesy of NCWIT Aspirations in Computing

““To me, a computer scientist embodies kindness, resilience, and aspiration.” // In this post, AiC Community Member Stephanie Younger reflects on how inclusive computing programs helped prepare her to combat systemic bias and start her own coding workshops for Black women and girls. This post, originally published in 2017, was re-shared in honor of Black History Month.” – Angela Galik, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing

Kids Demand Action – Style Weekly

Scott Elmquist/Style Weekly

“Younger isn’t discouraged by the partisan stalemate. She doesn’t seem discouraged by much of anything. She’s been called divisive and confrontational for insisting that the conversation include race, and she identifies as a womanist because she says feminism excludes her and other girls and women of color.” – Laura Ingles, Style Weekly

Black Girls and the Shootings That Don’t Make Major Mainstream News – Sesi Magazine

Joseph Blanton/Richmond Peace Education Center

“You can find inspiration from other Black girls in the movement. A few of our faves: Stephanie is a student activist from Richmond, Virginia, who uses her blog and her connects with the Richmond Peace Education Center and the ACLU of Virginia to advocate for diversity in S.T.E.A.M., for the abolition of youth imprisonment, for the use of nonviolence as conflict resolution, and against gun violence.In a post on her blog Black Feminist Collective, Stephanie wrote, “The mainstream media’s abundant support for the students in Parkland and the minimal support for Black youth, who are affected by [gun violence] the most, is evident. This movement against gun violence has been deemed a ‘new wave of student activism’ when Black students have been rallying against gun violence for generations.” – Andréa Butler, Sesi Magazine

Activism at 16: Stephanie Younger shows the Way – RVA Magazine

Mark Strandquist/Performing Statistics

“Most 16-year-olds aren’t writing articles for the ACLU of Virginia, planning to help lead a parade centered around juvenile justice, or interviewing Black Lives Matter (BLM) co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors. 16-year-old Stephanie Younger is: and this is only the beginning.” – Brianna Scott, RVA Magazine

The Power in the Simplest of Actions – RVA Magazine

Courtesy of Valley Haggard

“At the beginning and end we heard speeches (one by my friend Stephanie), songs, raps, poetry, and freestyle dances, all of which went to support a bigger cause.” – Henry Haggard, RVA Magazine

Women and Politics – WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio Interview

Courtesy of Women and Politics

Youth Gather to Discuss Gun Violence – Richmond Peace Education Center

Joseph Blanton/Richmond Peace Education Center

“Participants offered several unique insights on how gun violence impacts people from different places and backgrounds, and also the need to think about gun violence as an issue of racial equity as well. Stephanie Younger shared her reflections on the impact of gun violence as it pertains to race, “As a member of the Richmond Peace Education Center, I think it’s important to regard how black communities are disproportionately affected by gun violence, and how important it is to uplift their voices. We have a racist history of gun violence, and it’s our responsibility as Virginian’s to put this to an end.” – Joseph Blanton, Richmond Peace Education Center

Community forum on gun safety and violence set for May 5 – Richmond Free Press

Courtesy of Schuyler Van Valkenburg

“Panelists for Saturday’s event include Richmond School Board member Felicia Cosby, 6th District; the Rev. Marcus Martin of Newbridge Baptist Church; Stephanie Younger, a youth activist with the Richmond Peace Education Center; Richmond Deputy Police Chief Eric English; and City Council President Chris A. Hilbert, 3rd District.” – Richmond Free Press

Students organize “Town Hall for our Lives” – NBC12

Courtesy of NBC12

“I thought it would be a movement for keeping our schools safe, but it’s not just that. It’s helping our black communities and those disproportionately affected by gun violence,” explained Stephanie Younger, a 15-year-old who works with the Richmond Peace Education Center. “It continues to happen to marginalized groups, and I want to uplift the voices of the black community who has been fighting for gun reform for generations.” – Jasmine Turner, NBC12

Richmond students, community rally in the thousands for gun control –
WTVR CBS 6 News, ABC 8 News, NBC12 News, Richmond Free Press, Church Hill People’s News

Courtesy of Church Hill People’s News

“Speakers also emphasized the greater impact gun violence has on the African-American community, tying it to historical acts of violence against minorities.

“How many more black families will be devastated by gun violence – threatened or killed by the people whose job it is to serve and protect?” Stephanie Younger, an activist with the Richmond Youth Peace Project, asked the crowd.

“How many more times do my parents have to give me that talk explaining to me that I’m 10 times more likely to become a victim of gun violence because I am black?” – Irena Schunn and George Copeland Jr., Capital News Service

Does My Life Matter – Richmond Youth Peace Project

Courtesy of Richmond Peace Education Center