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Our Vision

The B.L.A.C.K. Organizer Program — also known as “Black Lifestyle Advocates for Culture and Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K)" — is a Black-led constituency program with residency at Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi. The program was established in 2020 as a safe space to center the experiences of Black Tennesseans seeking to expand access to reproductive rights, justice, and freedom. The program is designed to unapologetically focus on sexual healthcare, all gender affirming education, non-electoral voter education and community engagement, and mobilizing Black people through both virtual and in-person modalities.

Our Mission

  • To build collective power through legislative education and cultural awareness through culturally inclusive community engagement.
  • To decrease abortion stigma and criminalization awareness through legislation, education and power strategies for the progress of  Black voters in Tennessee. 
  • To empower Tennessee Black families through comprehensive fertility education, family planning and harm reduction on Black college campuses and relational organizing.

Get Involved With B.L.A.C.K.

Click here to see all of our upcoming B.L.A.C.K. events and organizing opportunities!

Learn More

Start your reproductive rights exploration with one of the opportunities below: 

Internships

We offer undergraduate and graduate internship opportunities for Memphis-based students. Fill out this form if you are interested in learning more!

Paid & Unpaid Fellowships

Our Fellows are the heart and soul of the B.L.A.C.K. Organizing Program. Learn how you can join our next cohort of B.L.A.C.K. Organizing Fellows by filling out this form.

B.L.A.C.K. Action Councils

B.L.A.C.K. Action Councils help build community networks to spread the word about legislation, voter registration, civic engagement, and campaigns. B.L.A.C.K. Action Council members are volunteers who engage with their friends, family and fellow repro-rights enthusiasts on topics such as sexual health, intimacy, relationships, repro-rights legislation, policy, gender and sexuality lifestyle topics. We offer direct support and guidance to B.L.A.C.K. Action Council members who seek to advocate via the following:

  • Hosting house parties
  • Virtual or In-Person meet-ups
  • Black Business Chat events
  • Park and Recreational events
  • Spoken Word/Poetry
  • Speaking on Podcasts
  • Culturally curated events
  • Coffee and donuts meet-ups

Want to join a B.L.A.C.K. Action Council? Fill out this form today!

HBCU Organizing Programs

We support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and non-HBCU Black student activists in Tennessee! Fill out this form to learn how HBCUs can lead in changing the narrative for the reproductive rights movement across Tennessee.

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Why Black Organizing Matters in Tennessee

Why Black Organizing Matters in Tennessee

Viewing the treatment of The Tennessee Three lays bare the racism, sexism and authoritarianism that we face in our state. Watch the expulsion debates that occurred in the TN House on April 6, 2023 and became an historic moment in our national political consciousness.