We, As Ourselves pays homage to the godmothers of our movement – those whose names we know and those we do not – who’ve come before us, the paths they’ve laid, the voices they’ve uplifted, and their fearlessness in truth-telling.
We are motivated by their work to showcase the essence of Black fortitude, resilience, and strength and to ensure that Black survivors can live full, safe, and joyful lives. The name of the project, We, As Ourselves, is inspired by the work of Paula Giddings in When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America. In that text she writes:
“In the nineties and beyond, we might ask then, who are we as ourselves? What would we say to Anita Hill outside the earshot of whites or men or our mothers and fathers? What do we feel about a Million Man March, notwithstanding the participation of our sons and brothers and husbands? Who are we when no one yearns for us, or when we are in full possession of our sexuality? Who are we when we are not someone’s mother, or daughter, or sister, or aunt, or church elder, or first Black woman to be this or that?”