Restoring Your Mind, Body and Soul

Barbara Perkins | in purple floral dress
From: The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins
Happy Black History Month! This month we honor international women leaders like Dorothy I. Height, Winnie Mandela, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Angela Davis, and countless other unsung sheroes. We honor them for their sacrifices and deep commitment to the freedom struggle which has made our world a more equitable place for everyone.
As Black women engaged in social and political activism, we affirm that we all need a mental health break. We encourage our sisters in the movement to take time to rest and restore their energies for the marathon ahead. Please see some simple, practical steps to practice self-care and relaxation.
  • Take 1 full day away from social media
  • Take 1 day to be device free and unplug from smartphones, tablets etc.
  • Take 1 day to color, paint or draw
  • Take 1 day to not solve a problem
We encourage you to check in, stay connected with friends and loved ones, but most importantly listen to your body and know when to take a break. Feel free to check in with the IBWPPI team and let us know how we can support you and if you have any good news to share with the membership.
With gratitude,
Barbara A. Perkins

DIH Academy: Faculty Spotlight

This January, IBWPPI held the program kick-off for the Dorothy I. Height Leadership Academy. The first meeting was an inspiring day with our faculty, board members and program participants. For this month’s session, we welcomed LaTosha Brown, Co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, and Norberta Noguera, Assistant Vice President of Transport Delivery Excellence.

LaTosha Brown kicked off the day with an empowering presentation on coalition building.

She talked about how to be fearless, diplomatic, and principle-centered in your approach when working with community stakeholders towards a shared goal. She shared her inspiring testimony on how she found her passion in building institutions to advance Black communities in the southern region of the United States.

Norberta Noguera led the second half of the session, informing the class about new industries post-COVID-19. The telecommunications leader discussed how cybersecurity issues have emerged and are affecting our daily interactions from communication to commerce and have changed our fundamental way of life. She also shared how COVID-19 has brought about new challenges and opportunities for Black women to chart new paths in non-traditional industries like cybersecurity and technology.

We thank our faculty for their participation in the Dorothy I. Height Leadership Academy. We appreciate you sharing your expertise and personal stories.

LaTosha Brown, Co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund
Norberta Noguera, Assistant Vice President of Transport Delivery Excellence


IBWPPI Serves Mothers and Infants in Ghana

Over the holidays, IBWPPI delivered barrels of medical supplies, hygiene items, and over-the-counter medicine to a women’s clinic that our organization adopted in Kumasi, Ghana. We are happy to update our members with news of the clinic being open to the community during the pandemic and two babies being born at the facility. We are excited to continue our work with increasing access to reproductive healthcare services and improving maternal mortality rates in the US and abroad.

We thank Bridge-to-Africa Connection, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Director Dawn Sutherland, for being our great affiliate partner in Ghana.

IBWPPI’s Membership Campaign Continues!

Group of women in white holding hands | Image for Membership | IBWPPI
Group of women in white holding hands | Image for Membership | 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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