Join Us for Our Dorothy Height Weekend of Action

From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins
Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Chair Emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), was a civil rights and women’s rights leader who advocated for Black women, children and families. A loving mentor and mother figure to myself and so many other women, she served as a catalyst and primary inspiration for the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI). Myself and IBWPPI Co-Founder Ka Flewellen conceived and launched IBWPPI in 2009 after traveling with the NCNW delegation to United Nations conferences in Cairo, Egypt and Beijing, China. We were committed to advocating and connecting with Black women globally.


Dr. Height was laid to rest on April 20, 2010, at the age of 98 years old. In honor of her memory, IBWPPI will be hosting a #HonoringHERStory Weekend of Action each weekend through Mother's Day . We’ll pay tribute to her legacy and celebrate her power, wisdom and social responsibility. She demonstrated for Black women how to show up, bring forth solutions and truly embody progress in every sense of the word. Join us online this Saturday 5/2 and Sunday 5/3, and honor her story!


I continue to live my life by the lessons learned from Dr. Height and other women leaders of NCNW. They gave, I received, and now, I give back every chance I get. I hope you will join us during our #HonoringHERStory Weekend of Action. See details below on ways you can get involved.


In Peace,
Barbara A. Perkins

Join Us for the #HonoringHERStory Weekend of Action

In honor of Dr. Dorothy Height’s memory, IBWPPI will be hosting a #HonoringHERStory Weekend of Action. Join us Saturday 5/2 through Sunday 5/3 on Facebook for our virtual event where we’ll pay tribute to her legacy and power.

Step 1: Join us on Facebook

Step 2: Spread the word to your friends! Download the social media toolkit here . See sample posts below:

Sample posts

Today the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) kicks another #HonoringHERStory Weekend of Action. IBWPPI was inspired by Dr. Dorothy Height’s commitment to connecting and empowering Black women globally. Learn about our story here:

Today I honor Dr. Dorothy Height’s legacy by pledging to vote in my state’s upcoming elections and to get counted in the upcoming 2020 Census. Have you completed your Census for your household yet? Go to #HonoringHERStory

Click on the video to watch our story and learn how Dr. Height gave wings to IBWPPI.

Free Membership Engagement During the COVID-19 Epidemic

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. Please take a moment to nominate 1 person for a FREE membership to IBWPPI this month. Send us an email or fill out the membership survey . Additionally, we’re sharing the initiatives that we’ve launched to be a source of support for women who are impacted by COVID-19 below. Current and future members, please let us know: 1) How are you dealing with the COVID-19 crisis? 2) Are you serving your community during the COVID-19 crisis in ways that you would like us to feature? 3) Do you have a few extra hours a month to support the behind-the-scenes work of IBWPPI? Not an IBWPPI member yet? We will be offering free memberships to first-time members. Please fill out the form and we’ll follow up with you.

INFORM: COVID-19 Updates IBWPPI seeks to be a conduit for credible information to you regarding the updates on the Coronavirus. The seriousness of the epidemic has called us to send you timely, accurate information to keep our communities safe. Please see our latest update here. Read it and share it as best you can and as wide as you can.
SUPPORT: Care Package Project Know a young woman in need during the global COVID-19 pandemic? Nominate the individual for a chance to receive a $100 Amazon gift card. The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute’s Care Package Project was created in partnership with Sisters at the Well Inc. to provide young women in dire need with food and basic supplies. Nominate a young woman by clicking here . Donate to the project by clicking here
CONNECT: Virtual Sessions Every week, President Perkins has hosted “Real Talk With Love” Facebook Live sessions virtual chats focused on Black women’s care and collective healing. Watch the most recent Facebook Live and stay tuned for the next session.

April is Sexual Assault Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). It’s a time to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for many survivors, staying home may not be the safest option. External factors that add stress and financial strain can negatively impact survivors and create circumstances where their safety is further compromised.

Here’s how COVID-19 could uniquely impact intimate partner violence survivors:

  • Abusive partners may withhold necessary items, such as hand sanitizer or disinfectants.
  • Abusive partners may share misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or to prevent them from seeking medical attention.
  • Programs that serve survivors may be significantly impacted –- shelters may be full or may even stop intakes altogether. Survivors may also fear entering shelter because of being in close quarters with groups of people.
  • Survivors who are older or have chronic heart or lung conditions may be at increased risk in public places where they would typically get support, like shelters, counseling centers, or courthouses.
  • Travel restrictions may impact a survivor’s escape or safety plan – it may not be safe for them to use public transportation or to fly.


If you or someone you know is at risk of abuse, please utilize and share these resources.


Call: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

TTY: 1-800-787-3224

Text: LOVEIS to 22522

Chat online at

For more information on digital abuse:

Para información en Español visita la página “En Español.

Become a Member of IBWPPI


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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. Consider 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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