Last summer, we partnered with the folks at Black August in the Park to create mini photo docs of social justice organizations who fundamentally believe in the beauty and power of Black people. Spaces of joy, pause and peace are integral for Black people’s well being in the midst of the weight of our fight. In celebration of Black August in the Park 2017’s fast approach, we are grateful for the reflections of the Black Youth Project 100-Durham Chapter.
Today, journey with us to learn more about BYP100-Durham Chapter!
BYP100 is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. BYP100 is committed to building a collective focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens.
Why do you do this work?
“I do this work because there was a seed planted long before I existed, but someone knew I would manifest to be willing to be transformed in the service of the work. I do this work because I went to terrible schools and it was easier to get a gun than to get to the library. I do this work because I want black liberation for all black people.”
-D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson, she/her, BYP100 Durham Chapter Co-Chair
How do you define power?
“Power is the ability to have control over our bodies and the environment we exist in.”
-Nhawndie, They/Them, Healing & Safety member
How do you define beauty?
“I can’t provide a full definition, but when I think of beauty, I think of security. Beauty to me is resistance and reaffirmation of what has been devalued. Beauty is community. Beauty is loving the most authentic you.”
-Angum Check,Organizing committee
When do you feel the most powerful?
“I feel most powerful when I am with my movement family because they make me feel safe, valued, and loved!”
-Nhawndie,They/Them, Healing & Safety member
How do you define beauty?
“I define beauty existing wherever there is compassion.”
-D’atra “Dee Dee” Jackson, she/her, Durham Chapter Co-Chair
When do you the most powerful?
“I feel most powerful when I am challenging everything designed to eliminate or restrict me, whether that’s through my mind in decolonizing and unlearned toxicity or through tangible actions like protesting.”
Angum Check, Organizing committee
Visit BYP-100 to learn more!
Black August in the Park is a stunning experience that affirms Blackness and creates an opportunity to connect with others who are fighting to make the world–and Durham–a space that is safe and welcome for all Black people. See you at Black August in the Park 8.20.17!
PHOTOGRAPHY by Meron Habtemariam,Kaci Kennedy,Madylin Vernise Nixon-Taplet and Jamaica Gilmer for The Beautiful Project