BRN GRL SPK: The NYC Collective Empowering Women of Color to Speak Up
June 6, 2017
“Who does the Women’s March truly represent?” Ugonna Okpalaoka thought.
After the demonstration in January 2017, Okpalaoka – who works in media in New York – felt like there was a controversy over what issues were covered.
“I just found that a lot of people had things to say but nowhere to say it,” Okpalaoka said. “I also felt like I had some things I wanted to get off my chest. When I talked to my friends (Mariah Chinchilla, Alessandra Hickson and Ranjani Chakraborty) I found that they felt the same way and I thought, why don’t we start an open mic night?”
That conversation evolved into a mission of community building that became BRN GRL SPK (Brown Girl Speak), a collective supporting women of color through inclusive empowerment and education.