As we embark upon a new year working on behalf of Pretty Brown Girls in 2017, we are grateful for the expanded vision that God is showing us for His plans for the Pretty Brown Girl Movement. We are focused now more than ever on addressing adverse social issues that girls of color face.
For our 6th Annual International Pretty Brown Girl Day on February 25, 2017, our goal is to highlight GIRLpreneurs and encourage girls to take action on their big dreams.
(Detroit, Michigan) Picture a little girl with a smile big enough to get lost in and eyes that shine bright like diamonds. Imagine a girl whose heart is filled with hope that she will one day change the world. Smart and perhaps a little feisty, she has more potential than President Obama has one-liners. This girl lives in the Flint community and has big dreams; however all seems to be overshadowed among the water crisis, especially during this time of the year.
When the world first learned of the Flint water crisis, people all over the country, took action by collecting and donating water and the crisis unfortunately is still not over. Now that the Holidays are upon us, however, it is important not to overlook the children of Flint, Michigan. Two sisters who inspired Pretty Brown Girl, a Detroit based non-profit organization, would like to touch the hearts of the girls in Flint this Holiday Season. “With all that has happened this year, our prayer is to bring a little more hope and lots of smiles to the faces of the girls in Flint, Michigan” says, Sheri Crawley, mother of sisters Laila and Aliya Crawley and Founder of Pretty Brown Girl.
Over 50 courageous girls gathered together with sleeping bags and pajamas for a "Night At The Museum", filled with a night of fun and learning at the Detroit Science Center sponsored by the Michigan Women's Foundation. The girls had such a wonderful time participating in advanced hands-on STEM activities as well as team building and leadership exercises and an exclusive IMAX experience.
Studies show that African American girls are steered to classes that promote dialogue, instead of encouraged to achieve in the sciences. Although African American girls intend to study STEM in college to a greater extent than some of their female peers, they are still underrepresented among STEM college graduates.
The "Night at the Museum" event was a great experience for our girls, teaching them about the field of S.T.E.M. in different ways in which they can incorporate critical thinking and prepare for S.T.E.M. careers.
As we are here in the month of November with only two months away from the end of the year, the season can be so busy that we can forget to take a few minutes for ourselves and reflect on the many blessings of life. Whether you pray, meditate, or journal, as women, it's always a renewing process to be still and guided for our life's purpose. With tomorrow being one of the most overwhelming elections in the history of the United States, I am grateful that my two daughters, Laila and Aliya, who are 10 and 11 years old, only know the world through the lens of having the first African American President and First Family in the White House.
Fall is is my favorite season and October also happens to be my birth month! While I enjoy the beautiful change in nature, especially the leaves on the trees, what's fascinating is that the colors are there all the time! Did you know that it's the green from the chlorophyll that covers the color is already there...it's just time for the color to be "revealed"? Very similar to us, in which our blessings are "already" here also. For example, what is your desire? If you have a desire and it is in alignment with the greater good, soak in it, let it consume your thoughts and feelings. Out of that connection...the blessings flow. Out of that realization, the manifestations unfold.
Pretty Brown Girl is humbled to be apart of this process with so many girls in communities nationally and internationally. We are experiencing growth as well as an organization and are excited about what the future holds and what God has in store. Thank you for being apart of this journey with us and we look forward to the infinite possibilities.
Happy September! As summer is coming to an end and fall is fast approaching, it's a perfect time to reflect and focus on our goals and message to girls as they are embarking upon new chapters in their lives with school, activities, friends and heightened levels of growth. Girls, we want you to know that you are beautiful and made perfectly in the image of God. The world is full of endless possibilities and blessings just for you. May a strong sense of who you are and what you are capable of follow you throughout your life.
Always believe in yourself and remember that you are a "Pretty Brown Girl" who can accomplish anything that is in your heart! We stand together to empower you and move you forward in your greatness.
The #PrettyBrownGirls4Gabby campaign has kicked off following the negative attention given to Gabby Douglas during the 2016 Rio Olympics. When Gabby expressed her hurt, Laila & Aliya Crawley, the two daughters of Sheri & Corey Crawley, wanted to wear their hair in ponytails and clips just like Gabby. They also created posters for her with hashtag #PrettyBrownGirls4Gabby.
The #PrettyBrownGirls4Gabby campaign is for every black girl and woman that has ever felt defeated, torn down, excluded, and defined by others rather than having the ability to define themselves.
In 2010, we decided to relocate back to my hometown of Detroit with our two daughters, as my Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. We left our fast paced lifestyle behind and started over with one question, how could we use our gifts, talents and skills to impact others? Inspired by my mom who spent her life changing the lives of others, I was left with the wondering of how I would be remembered, who am I truly helping, whose life would be different because our paths crossed and how I would leave a legacy of love for my daughters to follow.
Six years later, with having touched thousands of girls with the PBG Movement, we challenge Pretty Brown Girls to ask themselves that same question.
11-year-old activist, Marley Dias, will be honored with the “Dream Big Award” on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the fifth annual 2016 International Pretty Brown Girl Day celebration at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Frustrated with the lack of diversity in the books that she was assigned to read at school, 11-year-old Marley Dias conceptualized the project to collect 1000 books where Black girls are the main characters. "My parents have taught me the value of reading and self-love through books that have characters that look like me and talk like me. I want to make sure other Black girls around the world can see and love themselves, too, through these books," Marley said.