New York, NY – Today the Ms. Foundation for Women, in partnership with Wade Davis and Ebony.com, announced the launch of Black Men & Feminism, the latest extension of its #MyFeminismIs campaign. The project features writers, activists, media makers, and scholars discussing how they understand and relate to Feminism as black men.
“We launched #MyFeminismIs in order to build a more inclusive movement that embraces all genders, races, ethnicities, cultures, and ages,” said Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger. “Through Black Men & Feminism, we are continuing that conversation. We know that in order to create a world that is equal for ALL genders, it is critical that we ensure that everyone – regardless of their social, economic, or political background – has a seat at the table.”
The campaign will include essays and videos, hosted on Ebony.com, from participants including former NFL football player and LGBT advocate Wade Davis, writer and activist Darnell Moore, professor Mark Anthony Neal, writer and Trans Rights advocate Tiq Milan, ESPN host Michael Smith, writer Mychal Denzel Smith, and writer and professor Kiese Laymon.
For the series, Tiq Milan writes: “For men who are feminists, the best thing we can do to show solidarity is to listen to the demands our sisters are making and act accordingly. I don’t question women in order to invalidate their truth, but I ask questions to complicate my own. As feminists, we have an obligation to create teachable moments with other men and call out their misogyny whether it be a joke or misguided comment.”
The #MyFeminismIs campaign, launched last October, featured interviews with more than 40 advocates, activists, writers, and philanthropic leaders including Davis, TV host Melissa Harris-Perry, comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show Lizz Winstead, and President and CEO of the Victory Fund Aisha Moodie-Mills.
For more than 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has secured women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. The foundation invests funds, time, expertise and training in trailblazing organizations nationwide.