#DaughtersOf Campaign Honors the Legacy of Black Mothers

By N. Jamiyla Chisholm May 14, 2020

To honor the powerful life-saving legacy of Black mothers and the healing practices and skills they have imparted, GirlTrek launched the multifaceted #DaughtersOf campaign, “to examine the immediate and critical importance of self-care and healing for Black women through the lens of their matrilineal traditions,” according to the org.

GirlTrek is the largest public health movement and non-profit for Black girls and women; one that mobilizes them to be change-makers in their communities. Through Daughters Of, the organization is hoping to motivate one million Black women to practice self-care by examining their matrilineal traditions. 

“Black women have always been emergency first responders, and their blueprint for survival is more valuable, now more than ever,” said T. Morgan Dixon, GirlTrek cofounder. “A million of their daughters are naming names and telling secrets to canonize that genius for generations to come.” 

For Mother’s Day weekend on May 8, GirlTrek hosted a live conversation with icons Angela Davis and Nikki Giovanni. (See the video below.) For the first time ever on May 15, Bernice A. King and Ilyasah Shabazz will come together to discuss radical friendship, such as the one that formed between their mothers, Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, via Facebook Live.

In addition to the live discussion series, Daughters Of will premiere a feature film and videos where Black women, such as Tarana Burke and Shantrelle Patrice Lewis, call out their ancestors’ names and share the personal lessons they’ve learned, from secret recipes to stories of healing. 

“Since the earliest woman to walk the face of the Earth, Black women have been sowing seeds of survival, wellness and self-care into their daughters and girl children,” Dixon said of the project and GirlTrek’s more than 625,000 members. “During the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, these tactics and skills were passed down, carried on, and gave us not only a will to live, but the means by which to do so. Today, we call the names of our mamas, and their mamas and their mamas before them to reclaim our stories, our heritage and to let the world know who we are the Daughters Of.” 

To learn more about Daughters Of and how to participate, visit the website here. View the trailer below: