Our Founders

Meet the founders of Say Her Name Coalition

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Amorous Ebony

Amorous Ebony is a musician, performing artist, youth arts instructor, and radical activist centering her work around the freedom, sensuality, and self-expression of Black Womyn and girls.

 

Focusing on the marginalization, brutalization and disparagement of Black womyn and femmes; Amorous Ebony has become a consistent leader of rallies and protests in alignment with the Say Her Name movement to rail against culture of misogynoir pervading our society today. 

Amorous Ebony has curated staple events like Black Girl Glitter, Adorning with Amorous, and The Bruja Series that anchor her ideals to real work and transformative experiences for participants.

 

In Black Girl Glitter, participants share in arts performances from like-minded Black Femme artists and performers to confine in a culture where inherent beauty is celebrated and revered. In Adorning With Amorous, the artist takes a hands-on approach to honor traditions of personal embellishment to reinforce the divinity of Black womyn and girls. And with The Bruja Series, Amorous Ebony leads a discussion between presenters and participants on the rich cultural history of Black womyn and religious traditions outside of the Judeo-Christian norm.

In 2013, Amorous Ebony and 6 Black womyn formed the collective Black Womyn Rising to amplify the voices of Black womyn and girls who have suffered injustices from police brutality and interpersonal violence. In leading events like Natasha's Jubilee and Rekia's Rally, she has become a trusted voice in the fight to dismantle white supremacy in our most vulnerable populations.

Amorous holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Arts from Coppin State University. She is a 2018 Community Art Collaborative MICA fellow and currently serves as Resident Artist and Education Coordinator at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric Opera House. Amorous Ebony’s work has been highlighted in local media outlets like WYPR, The Baltimore Sun, The Baltimore Beat, Baltimore Magazine, Bmore Art and more. 
 
With years of experience in cultivating spaces of spiritual empowerment and body positivity for Black Womyn, she fosters growth and healing in the face of rampant misogyny. Further, in her years-long work as an arts instructor of African Folklore and Theatre for children in grades K-8, she continues to bolster a new generation of self-actualized and empowered Black Womyn.

Brittany Oliver

Brittany Oliver is an award-winning women's rights activist, keynote speaker, and media expert from Baltimore, MD.

 

Brittany has worked with various local and national organizations and campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels such as the ACLU, Planned Parenthood of America, National Organization for Women, Global Women's Institute, Ultraviolet, Amnesty International, Naral Pro-Choice Maryland, National Women’s Law Center and more. 

She’s been a long-time supporter of the Fight for $15, Women’s Health Protection Act, Equal Pay Act for Maryland, Access to Contraception for Military Service-members, Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health and more. 

In 2017, the Daily Record awarded Brittany a “Very Important Professional” and in 2018,  she was included in the Baltimore Sun’s “Top 25 Women To Watch” list. She's also a SheSource Expert for the Women’s Media Center.

 

In her own time, she is a freelance communications consultant and leads Not Without Black Women, a platform uplifting Black women in activism, society and culture. Brittany’s work has received coverage in various news outlets including the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Think Progress, WYPR Public Radio and more.

She has facilitated trainings and workshops at the John’s Hopkins University Center for Social Concern, Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Global Women’s Institute, University of Baltimore, Institute for Policy Studies, UMBC Women’s Center and more.

Brittany holds a B.S. in mass communications and public relations from Towson University and currently attends American University for public policy.

 

On her own time, she enjoys hiking, good coffee and watching reruns of Scandal, her favorite TV show.

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