IBWPPI Gives Back to Black Women on Giving Tuesday!

From: The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

I am writing this note to our IBWPPI members, supporters and family, who make up our beloved community. The beloved community includes those who Dr. King referred to as promoters of justice, equal opportunity and love for one’s fellow human beings. Those individuals understand the collective responsibility we have to look out for one another including those who are disadvantaged.


Black women and girls continue to be disproportionately at risk for a number of societal ills, yet we also continue to lead and show up for one another. We continue to be the advocates for justice, equality, love and respect. We refuse to allow compassion to be lost, while hate insinuates itself where it is not wanted. We refuse to allow fear to override love and so we step up in the face of fears. We, Black women, are the loyalists that change the trajectory of nations and apply forgiveness while in the midst of pain.


My note to you this month is to say thank you. Thank you for the unprecedented support through your membership and connections with us and our work. Even in this most difficult year and COVID-19 environment, your membership has encouraged us. Without a doubt we do best when our membership is infused with passion and enthusiasm to be of service to our community. Therefore, my ask of you for this Giving Tuesday is to 1) simply renew your membership with IBWPPI for 2021 and 2) sign up for our happy hour happening on December 1st at 7:30 pm ET.


Your membership cost is .28 cents a day. This $100 annual contribution allow us to build a powerful coalition of supporters in the US and aboard.


Again, thank you for a safe 2020 and I look forward to a brighter 2021. Continue to be well and be safe.


In Faith,


Barbara A. Perkins

IBWPPI Co-founder and President

Join IBWPPI on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity where non-profits organizations seek to encourage supporters to give just before the end of the year. The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a harsh blow to many of the dedicated organizations helping to make life better within our communities around the world. IBWPPI has continued providing aid, monetary support and advocacy that enhances lives.  


Black women lead and show up in spaces and places where the needs are great. We can only do this with the help of our members and supporters. This is why for Giving Tuesday, we are asking you to join with us, link arms and aims with us by renewing your membership today! Do it before Giving Tuesday so that on December 1st, we can celebrate together at our Virtual Happy Hour starting at 7:30 pm ET.


Giving Tuesday Happy Hour

Tuesday, Dec. 1st 

7:30-8:30 pm ET / 4:30-5:30 pm PT 


IBWPPI Congratulates Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

Saturday, November 7, 2020 was a good day in America that historians will talk about for years to come. We the people cast the highest number of votes in a US Presidential Election, resulting in California Senator Kamala Harris becoming the first woman, the first Black woman, and the first woman of South Asian descent to serve as the Vice President of the United States of America.

In her acceptance remarks, she honored the women who paved the way for her, she recognized the hard work and support for her by Black Women in particular, who not only worked, but who showed up and voted for the Joe Biden/ Kamala Harris ticket. The Vice President-Elect went on to say that while she may be the first in many categories, she would not be the last. She ensured that women and girls around the world were represented in her historic acceptance speech.

IBWPPI celebrates this win and acknowledges and praises all the Black women leaders and organizations that organized tirelessly to deliver a victory to the people.

Dorothy Height Global Leadership Academy

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, an iconic member of the civil rights and women’s rights movement, IBWPPI is proud to establish a global leadership academy designed to prepare young women to be agents of change by challenging the systems that oppress and disenfranchise Black women and girls. IBWPPI will prepared the next generation of global leaders and advocates. The academy is a six-month training program for women of African descent who have:

  • A 4-year bachelor’s degree from a college/university (exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for women making changes in their communities).
  • A desire to improve the outcomes for marginalized groups through policy and acts of kindness.
  • A desire for social justice and change that will enhance the lives of Black women, girls, and their communities.
  • A willingness to lead from the front and back, understanding there is value in both.

Participants will meet virtually, one full Saturday per month, with interactive classroom lectures, breakout sessions, and a monthly group projects, that are designed to reinforce the lecture and required readings. Each applicant will be paired with an accomplished global leader who will provide virtual professional coaching throughout the program. 


An application fee of $50 is required upon application submission. The program fee is $1,250.00 USD, which includes program materials and registration. Once accepted, all applicants must pay the full tuition prior to the program start. Applicants will also be responsible for her own travel and lodging expenses for commencement.

Limited scholarships are available based on demonstrated need. All credit cards are accepted. The official application will go live by December 2020. If you have any questions, email admin@ibwppi.org.

Take Action: Get Civically Engaged!

Every vote must be counted! Let’s get out the vote to our friends and family members in Georgia for the Senate Runoff Election on Jan. 5th.

1) Know the important dates and deadlines

The deadline to register is Dec. 7th and early voting kick-off starts on Dec. 14th. Individuals can register to vote or make their voting plan at www.whenweallvote.org.


2) Your election to-do list:

-If you live in Georgia, check your voter registration status

-If you live out-of-state, send it to 3 friends or family members living in Georgia

Follow up with them next month to ensure they were successful in casting their ballots

3)   Learn about IBWPPI’s policy work.

Achieving Economic Security and Inclusion for Black Women

Achieving Equity in Black Women’s Health


IBWPPI New Member Connect

All IBWPPI members are invited to our upcoming New Member Connect event on Friday, November 20th 12:00 PM-12:30 PM ET. Join us to learn more about our organization and new updates. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from IBWPPI Board Member Michellene Davis, who will be our special guest for the session. We look forward to meeting you.


Join the Zoom Meeting

Member Spotlight: Tammilee Jules

IBWPPI congratulates Tammilee Jules, our Poet-in-Residence! She was nominated for “Gospel Hip Hop of the Year” and ”Female soloist of the year” by the Texas GOSPEL MUSIC Excellence Awards. Please cast your vote for her at www.tgmea.org.

Show your support and note that in order for her vote to count, you have to vote for each category on the page.

About the Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards

The Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards recognizes independent gospel artist across the state of Texas as well as nationally and internationally. This four-day gospel experience has been the cornerstone of Gospel Music in Texas and is the longest running independent gospel award celebration in the nation. The popularity of TGMEA has required the need for Ambassadors to serve at the national and international level.


Become a Member of IBWPPI

As we continue to adjust to the new normal, we want IBWPPI to be a home for Black women who want to connect, heal and support one another. C onsider gifting yourself with a free membership and joining a network of global Black women. Become a member today by filling out the membership form here .

Why Join IBWPPI?

IBWPPI started 10 years ago in the spirit of global unity and sisterhood. Our mission is to connect and advocate for Black women globally through acts of kindness and public policy. We thank our members and ask that you continue your support of IBWPPI and ask others to join us.


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