"Education

is a

Women's

Issue!"

- The MANY

"United, we can actually make politicians listen to their mothers."

• Parent Advocacy & Networking
• Brave Hearts Activism
• EDISAWI (Participatory Action Research) 
• Village Talks
• Events: Film Screenings & Discussions
• Book Club, Kindness Crafting & more!

 

WELCOME

Meet The MANY Women
 
Led by a brain-trust of women of color, our grassroots membership group is comprised of NYC women from a variety of backgrounds. 

 

Here's a surprise: not all of us are mothers.

 

Indeed most of us are, but many of us aren't.  Some members are career educators, some are continuing ed students, artists, administrative assistants, managers, promising writers and more.  Some are unemployed and looking for work.  A number of us are married moms, and many more are single with children.  Some of us are also grandmoms, God-moms, aunties, and sisters.  

As categorically different as we may be, all of us are someone's daughter, raised to honor our backgrounds. At this most critical time, we're discussing the impact of racism and sexism with greater candor in inter-racial spaces and working diligently to elevate the moral authority of mothering and womanhood.

We call ourselves THE MANY, because we are.  

 

We are a caring, multi-faceted, highly capable membership group of women who want to live in a safe and just society where women are respected and valued, where care and concern for humanity are upheld, and where we, and our children and families, can thrive.  

Women's rights are human rights.

Unite in the fight. Join Us. 

Benefits of Membership

 

  • A caring sister-circle of wise, inter-generational women activists of all faiths and backgrounds

 

  • Advocacy: voluntary one-to-one and group support in problem-solving issues affecting kids and work

 

  • Help from alumni-parent leaders and member educators for navigating the many layers of bureaucracy in our public school system and in some instances, helping to access city and legal services  

 

  • Networking and Women's Leadership Development 

 

  • Opportunities for personal growth and shared learning through Village Talks and collaborations with other local and national activist groups

 

  • Informative discussions with guest presenters on topics affecting our lives     

  • Safe space for sharing difficult topics concerning the victimization and harassment of women, mothers and children

  • Knowledge on the fundamental rights of all human beings so that we are continually dialoguing about rights, and respect and accountability in our individual communities, familiar, social and political circles.  

 

Led by Black women, there's power in our knowledge and life-affirming wisdom in our sisterhood.

Become a member today!

Introducing some of our MANY Influencers:

SHEILA WARREN
SHEILA WARREN

President & Founder, Portland Parent Union and People Celebrating People in Oregon. Mama Sheila is a wise healer & human rights community activist extraordinaire. A gifted leader with a heart of gold, she offers wisdom, love and coaching to wounded public school parents and over-wrought souls. A very special sister, Mama Sheila is a warrior woman who speaks truth to power and has taught us and shared so much. We lift her high up in our esteem & proudly call her a friend to The MANY.

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DR. JOYCE E. KING
DR. JOYCE E. KING

A globally esteemed educator, higher education administrator, professor of Urban Education, Joyce King is a specialist in educating students and teachers of African ancestry for academic & cultural excellence. She is also a much in-demand lecturer and author of numerous books, reports and research documents. Joyce is our special advisor-mentor and a valued friend to The MANY's co-founders.

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DR. ELLEN WILLIAMS-HARRIS
DR. ELLEN WILLIAMS-HARRIS

Yogi, healer, author, cultural foodie of the African Diaspora, world traveler and founder: Third Ward Zen. Ellen is a very great sister-friend of ours and supporter of The MANY's mission.

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JOANNE SMITH, MSW
JOANNE SMITH, MSW

Founder & Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), Joanne is a long time sister-friend of The MANY. A vitally important womanist-activist-leader, she is the recipient of too many awards to mention here. Joanne is also a Human Rights & Community Fellow and we're so proud of her for creating the very best young women's and girls' organization in America!

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ROSEMARI MEALY, JD, PhD
ROSEMARI MEALY, JD, PhD

Trained as a lawyer, Rosemari is a political activist, artist, professor and author. Her most recent book is "Activism and Disciplinary Suspensions/Expulsions at Historically Black Colleges & Universities, HBCUS: A Phenomenological Study of the Black Student Sit-In Movement, 1960-1962." Of her many awards, she also is the recipient of the Friendship Award by the Cuban Council of State. A liberation feminist & former Black Panther, she's a strong role model & wise sister friend of The MANY.

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Dr. KELLI SPARROW-MICKENS
Dr. KELLI SPARROW-MICKENS

Sister Dr. Kelli embraces her title of "Servant Leader" with joy. She is a radical and masterful educator in social justice and African Centered teaching and learning. The MANY has been blessed with her warmth, support and generous knowledge via teaching us a lot about African Centered Education and the current evolution of today's Freedom Schools. Her book: "Philadelphia Freedom Schools" is now available & we're excited to share it here.

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DR.IVA CARRUTHERS
DR.IVA CARRUTHERS

The Civil Society Task Force of the U.N. selected 9 people to present & give recommendations for the UN General Assembly Special Session on the world drug problems. Dr. Iva Carruthers represented the faith community and was the only U.S. citizen who presented. She is a Faith Leader, Human Rights mentor, lecturer, community & education activist and also General Secretary of Chicago-based, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. We are very proud to call her our dear friend.

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FARAH TANIS
FARAH TANIS

Our sister-friend is a transnational feminist & co-founder, E.D. of Black Women’s Blueprint (BWBP) working to end sexual violence against women & girls in Black communities, and with HBCUs in the nation on issues of gender, race, sexuality, anti-violence policy and practice. Farah launched & Chairs the 1st Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S. to focus on Black women and experiences with sexual assault. She is founder and lead curator at the Museum of Women’s Resistance (MoWRe).

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DEBRA WATKINS
DEBRA WATKINS

Education leader and retired school teacher, Debra Watkins is a friend who has founded several award-winning organizations and created superior Black education programming for California's Black children and has now taken her model of educational excellence national. Check out the California Alliance of African American Educators, Dr. Frank S. Greene Scholars Program, and ABEN, A Black Education Network online.

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DR. ANGELA DAVIS
DR. ANGELA DAVIS

Pictured with the renowned Dr. Angela Davis, this was the second time The Many's co-founders met her in person in NYC. She is an author, inspiring human and civil rights activist, feminist and distinguished educator. We have learned much from her life's work and example of activism. Lastly, we applaud her co-founding of "Critical Resistance," an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex.

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DR. JOY DeGRUY
DR. JOY DeGRUY

An internationally renowned researcher, educator, presenter and author of "Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome," Dr. Joy has inspired our thinking greatly through her books and lectures. Check her out on YouTube! She is shown here having breakfast in Chicago with The MANY's co-founders (treasurer) Charmaine Phillip, and Benita Rivera (the picture taker).

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GRACE LEE BOGGS
GRACE LEE BOGGS

In Memoriam: Author, human & civil rights activist, philosopher and feminist from Detroit, Grace Lee Boggs passed away a few years ago. Her work was amazing! This photo depicts one of several joyous introductions The MANY's co-founders had with her, both in Detroit and NYC. The award-winning documentary about her life is a must see!

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YOLANDA SANCHEZ, MSW
YOLANDA SANCHEZ, MSW

In Memoriam: Yolanda Sanchez was an Afro-Boricua feminist, cultural educator, social worker, political & community activist in El Barrio. She helped launch The MANY in 2010 (our first fiscal sponsor thru the Nat'l Latinas Caucus), one of many non-profits she founded. May she rest in peace knowing our gratitude for her life's work: fighting racism, sexism & gentrification in Black/Latino communities-- while supporting human rights for all NYC women, children and families.

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- Tribute to a Shero -
- Tribute to a Shero -

NYC street re-named to honor our mentor and friend; the late, Yolanda Sanchez in El Barrio, Manhattan, NYC.

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... and Queen Mother Dr. Adelaide Sanford!

Vice Chancellor Emeritas, NY State Board of Regents. Please click her image to open a video introducing her powerful lecture:

"Afrocentric Education is a Human Right."