Toni Morrison said, “the loneliest woman in the world is the woman without a close woman friend.” Sisterhood. One of the most powerful relationships that exists amongst women. Despite negative portrayals of relationships between Black women in popular culture and entertainment, the collective of our experiences bend us toward unity, not division, kindred, not alien. Our shared desires connect and unite us across time, rooms, and waters. It is what we all desire; to be able to abide with one another, having our whole selves accepted, not merely tolerated, to be known, not wrongly and prematurely judged. These themes are part of the construct and philosophy of sisterhood and from this perspective, sisterhood functions as a necessary tool for self care for the sisters involved and a measure of protective care for the Black girls watching. This is sisterhood as activism. The Beautiful Project not only believes that this ideal is possible, we know that it exists. Thus we have designed the Sisterhood Storytelling Series, our latest campaign, created as a platform for Black women to share their experiences of sisterhood through storytelling.
This campaign derives from The Sisterhood Creed, The Beautiful Project’s code of conduct for how to engage Black women within our organization as well as any and all Black women with whom we share space. Since the beginnings of our organization, the women of The Beautiful Project have dedicated themselves to creating safe space for Black girls and women by being committed to hold the beliefs and observe the practices of The Sisterhood Creed, our code of conduct for how to engage Black women within our organization as well as any and all Black women with whom we share space. The tenets of The Sisterhood Creed are joy, suffering, sharpening, acceptance and keeping. These tenets are the nuanced ways in which we see sisterhood actualized.