Latest on Black Perspectives: “Josephine Butler and Environmental Activism in Washington, DC”

The first time I heard about Josephine Butler was when I stepped into the building named after her––the Josephine Butler Parks Center. Located at 2437 Fifteenth Street NW in Washington, DC, adjacent to the Malcolm XPark (also known as Meridian Hill Park), the Josephine Butler Parks Center––referred to as the “Embassy of the Earth”––was once the former embassies of Hungary and Brazil. Operated by Washington Parks and People, a non-profit whose mission is to “grow city-wide park[s] based on community health and vitality by nurturing innovation and partnerships,” the Center is located on sacred grounds––as the Malcolm X/Meridian Hill Park and adjacent area were once the loci for “Native American spiritual territory; the birthplace of both George Washington University, and an African-American theological seminary; and a Civil War Union Army hospital.”

While the Center itself is enchanting––its light-yellow exterior and interior serve as a popular wedding venue in Washington, DC––it is the resounding activism of Josephine Butler, a Black woman who catalyzed change in Washington, DC––that made me want to know more about her. I also began to wonder why I did not know about her or her political contributions prior to entering the Center. Read the article on Black Perspectives.

Swift on “Loud and Clear” Radio: “The history of Recy Taylor’s heroic struggle”

Swift was featured as a guest speaker on “Loud and Clear” Radio with Brian Becker where she talked about Recy Taylor, who just died at the age of 97. Ms. Taylor was gang raped in 1944 in Abbeville, Alabama, by six white men, who were all subsequently acquitted. It was a case that Rosa Parks investigated, many years before she rose to prominence in the civil rights movement. Jaimee Swift, a PhD candidate at Howard University, joins the show. Listen to the radio interview here.

Swift on Digital Activism and Media Literary During the Trump Era: 2017 National Media Literacy Week

 

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On November 7th, Swift she spoke on “Digital Activism + Communication: Dismantling White Supremacy and Advancing Social Justice in the Trump Era” during the 2017 National Media Literacy Week. The event was held at Howard University’s Cathy Hughes School of Communication and sponsored by The Communication, Culture, and Media Studies Graduate Student Organization (CCMS) and the National Association for Media Literacy Education. For more information about National Media Literacy Week, please visit: https://medialiteracyweek.us

Latest on HuffPost: “Want to Collect Black Antiques? Don’t Worry, The Creators of “BLK MKT Vintage” Got You Covered”

Created by Brooklyn natives, Jannah C. Handy, 30, and Kiyanna Stewart, 28, both co-founders are cultural and creative connoisseurs on everything Black antiques — from furniture, books, clothes, magazines and more. Handy, who is a co-adjunct professor and Stewart, an educator and cultural worker, have cultivated a space that not only showcases the diversity in the African Diaspora but how our ancestors were able to still be artistic generators of style and cool — even in spite of racism and adversity. Here, Handy and Stewart are doing more than just finding amazing artifacts; they are forging a cultural movement that is inspiring others to recognize that Black historical contributions and antiques matter, too. Read more at HuffPost.

“AVOICE: Social Justice and Digital Activism” Panel at the Congressional Black Caucus 2017 Annual Legislative Conference

Swift spoke on the “AVOICE: Social Justice and Digital Activism” panel at the Congressional Black Caucus 2017 Annual Legislative Conference. Speaking alongside Alexandra Antohin, Senior Research and Program Manager of AVOICE, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Kamara Jones, Director of Communications of the Congressional Black Caucus; Nelly Decker, Communications Director to the Office of the Honorable Marc Veasey; and Evan Glass, Executive Director of the Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, Swift shared her story with young people about her passion for journalism, communications and advocacy for the advancement of marginalized communities.

 

 

 

Swift spotlighted for student success: Temple University Communications Program

Our recent spotlights have highlighted students that are in the major currently, but for this week’s spotlight, we cover journalist, writer and activist, Jaimee Swift Comm Studies Grad! Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Master of Arts in Political Science from Temple University and Howard University, respectively, Swift is passionate about racial and social justice, gender and health equity.  Read more here.

Latest on the HuffPost: “Get To Know Abaas Mpindi: The Ugandan CEO Who Is Challenging How The Media Portrays Africa”

Abaas Mpindi is a man on a grand mission — and that mission is to ensure Africa, its people, and journalists from the continent are thoroughly represented and are in positions of power in the media. Tired of the misrepresentation and the rampant stereotypical media narratives about Africa (i.e. “Africa rising”, HIV/AIDS and malaria-ridden, chronic war and poverty stories) by Western news outlets and frustrated by a lack of African journalists (on-air and behind-the-scenes) in global media, Mpindi, 30, decided to create his own organization —the Media Challenge Initiative (MCI) — to ensure the narratives, stories, and voices of Ugandan and other African journalists are heard. Read more at the HuffPost.

Swift elected to the African-American Intellectual History Society’s Executive Board (AAIHS)

Swift was recently elected to the Executive Board of the African-American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) in the capacity of Secretary. “The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is a scholarly organization founded in January 2014 to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching black thought and culture. African American intellectual history is a growing and thriving subfield and we believe that the AAIHS and its blog, Black Perspectives, can play a role in fostering that growth for years to come.” She will be serving alongside Dr. Keisha N. Blain (President), Dr. Brandon Byrd (Vice President) and Dr. Ashley Farmer (Treasurer). For more information about AAIHS, please visit http://www.aaihs.org.

Latest on HuffPost: “Meet Stephanie Kimou, The Ivorian CEO Who Is Empowering Africa’s Most Precious Resource: Its Population.”

Stephanie Kimou, 30, was tired — tired of the stereotypical rhetoric and imagery about Africa; tired of not seeing Africans in leadership positions; and was very tired of hearing the racist microaggressions from her white colleagues in the international development sector about Africa and African people. Tired of being sick and tired, Kimou (who hails from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire) took a courageous chance to change her dilemma: she quit her job and created PopWorks Africa, an organization that empowers Africa’s most precious resource — its population — from the perspectives and politics of its people. Serving as lead consultant and CEO, Kimou works to address Africa’s most pressing challenges by crafting effective programs that support the socio-economic advancement of African people. Read more at HuffPost.