The Westside Gazette Op-ed

On September 30, 2017, a coalition led by the Miami Workers Center and Black Girls Matter MIA made history with the Florida March for Black Women. Almost 1,000 Black women, girls, and their allies started a journey at an old women’s detention center, made our way through the streets of Over-town, and ended in Wynwood. The message was simple: prioritize the lives of Black women and girls.

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Mariama Gregory
Miami Workers Center hosts Black Girls Day at the Capitol

A group of passionate Black women from Miami Workers Center and several organizations held “Blacks Girls Day at the Capitol” on Feb. 15 at Florida’s capitol.Miami Workers Center, an organization dedicated to building the collective strength of low-income people of color and communities for power and self-determination, hosted the “Blacks Girls Day at the Capitol” with efforts to fight the issues of education, immigrants, women reproductive justice and minimum wages.

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Mariama Gregory
Jasmen Rogers Fights for What's Right

When 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson was murdered by police in Panama City in 2006, Jasmen Rogers was just starting college at Florida State. Then only 17, she remembers it as the first time she understood "wow, the world isn't fair for black people."

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Mariama Gregory
Hundreds join Miami March for Black Women

On Saturday, September 30th, a diverse group of over 600 women, men and children from across Florida marched through the streets of Miami, participating in the Florida March for Black Women. The eclectic group were marching to show solidarity and highlight issues they believe have been neglected and ignored pertaining to America’s black community.

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Mariama Gregory
Dear White People: Black Women Need You to Grow Up

I'm in grad school in a critical theory class. My professor — Patrick, a bald, white, intellectual man — looks poised for something. He wants to start a discussion about an excerpt we read, and he seems to be treading carefully. We — six or seven white students at a prestigious art school in Chicago — listen intently.

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Mariama Gregory
Protesting racial injustice, hundreds join Florida March for Black Women

Brandy Durham still remembers the first time someone pointed out the color of her skin. Then-7-year-old Brandy, growing up in South Carolina, was in a ballet class when a white girl loudly complained she “didn’t want to sit next to the black girl,” she recalled. Her mother had to explain to her how she might sometimes be judged for her race, even if it wasn’t right — and that she shouldn’t accept it, either.

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Mariama Gregory
Miami activists plan a march to raise the voices of black and immigrant women

Miami activists will join forces at the end of September for a march to bring attention to issues disproportionately affecting minority females.

The March for Black Women, scheduled for Sept. 30, will coincide with the March for Racial Justice happening the same day in Washington, D.C. In Miami, the walk will begin at 10 a.m. in front of what used to be a women’s detention center at 1401 NW Seventh Ave., in Overtown.

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Mariama Gregory