Beloveds, we welcome you to a space for us by us, where you can imagine, love, and bask in your authenticity. We are ever growing, healing, learning, and repeating. We hope you can find solace, agency, and community in our village.

blakQuity, a Black and woman-led public benefit corporation, is a transformation collective that helps build communities and spaces where Black and Brown people can thrive and revolutionize their communities.

We are working on some exciting changes to our organization in the coming months that we look forward to sharing with you. Look around and get all up in our business. Ask questions! Reach out! (we love that!). You’ll see how passionate we are about what we do!

our story

blakQuity was birthed with the vision of wielding the power of the black collective using the knowledge, power, and resources within ourselves to make powerful changes in our communities. While we started on a mission to combat deep and palpable divisions across our society through education and consulting, we knew we had a much bigger mission at hand.

We hold the collective power to transform the systems that oppress, dominate, separate, and dehumanize us. True power is found in taking charge of the transformation of our own community. This is why we are taking a bold direction to focus on our Liberation and Solidarity fund.

The Liberation and Solidarity  fund is a transformative venture by blakQuity to honor and modernize solidarity-based support social systems used by our ancestors. This approach has worked for centuries and celebrates community, collectiveness, and love. Our model supports solidarity economics and realizes the great impact and resilience that can be grown from unlocking access to community-centered transformation.

With this fund, we are empowering Black and indigenous communities to take back control of our resources so we can self-determine and self-define who we are now and who we want to be through the power of the pen and the power of the purse.

Our team is working tirelessly to realize this. Stay tuned for updates on this transformative initiative. Our future vision for the fund is a network of interconnected, culturally competent local, regional, and global leaders who are accountable to the communities they serve and are willing to boldly shift power to eradicate the root causes of poverty and injustice in partnership with the community.

HERStory: about our founder

“Integrity and values are the core of my existence and guide my decisions and how I build community and create consensus.”

Jamila comes from powerful trailblazing women such as her Great Grandma Lou, an entrepreneur, and landowner, in the Jim Crow South to her Aunt Lula, a Freedom Rider, detained at Mississippi’s Parchman Prison for integrating public transportation. They instilled in her a deeply-rooted commitment to community, solidarity, and social justice.

At 19, Jamila experienced Africa for the first time; she witnessed absolute beauty and poverty, and both looked like her. She learned about pre-colonial history and culture and felt one with the land and people. After university, she returned for almost a decade, learning from and with solidarity-based communities and African women cooperatives. Jamila realized that anti-black racism was exported and packaged international development. She advocated against anti-black racism in development, which led her back to D.C. to use her platform for influence. In 2020, she transitioned from development to starting blakQuity, an aspiring Black liberation cooperative.

Jamila serves her community in various ways, including volunteering with local Mutual Aid networks, mentoring students through College Bound, volunteering with her church and several local organizations, supporting HBCUs, and active racial equity, justice, and Black liberationist. She co-founded the Geraldine N. Coleman “A Seat at the Kitchen Table” College Scholarship fund to honor her late grandmother and provides scholarships to first-generation college-bound seniors from Washington, D.C.

Jamila is a local political leader, elected to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission for Ward 8A in November 2020 for a two-year term, and chairs the 2022 Commission. She is also a trusted advisor serving in various leadership positions and programs such as the Hampton University 2020 Forty Under 40, an Elected Term Member at the Council on Foreign Affairs, Senior Advisor for the Women of Color in Advancing Peace & Security Network (WCAPs), and more.

Jamila holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hampton University and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development and International Affairs from Indiana University. Jamila and her sister Aisha were raised by their mother in Fredericksburg, VA, and their father in Washington, D.C.

our north star is liberation

We ground our work in the following values:

racial  justice and equity

We lead with race, name and challenge anti-Blackness, and lift intersectional racial equity as a value and practice necessary for creating the just future we all deserve.

collaboration

We believe in equitable partnerships and strong relationships built on mutual care and respect, proactive and hones communication, responsiveness creativity, and flexibility to respond to new and emerging opportunities to make racial equity possible.

community care

We value respect, intentionality, healing and restoration, rest, and self community care as part of the work of advancing racial equity and justice.

self-determination

We believe in people and community power and honor, Black, and the strength of indigenous communities, wisdom, and agency.

accountability

We acknowledge our mistakes and opportunities to learn from them, an honor shared timelines and goals, and support partners and communities in developing structures for promoting transparency, tracking progress, and accountability.

lifetime learning and knowledge

Working towards racial equity and working for justice and liberation is lifelong. We are committed to lifetime learning, knowledge sharing, self-reflection, and change.

We lead with race, name and challenge anti-Blackness, and lift intersectional racial equity as a value and practice necessary for creating the just future we all deserve.

We believe in equitable partnerships and strong relationships built on mutual care and respect, proactive and hones communication, responsiveness creativity, and flexibility to respond to new and emerging opportunities to make racial equity possible.

We value respect, intentionality, healing and restoration, rest, and self community care as part of the work of advancing racial equity and justice.

We believe in people and community power and honor, Black, and the strength of indigenous communities, wisdom, and agency.

We acknowledge our mistakes and opportunities to learn from them, an honor shared timelines and goals, and support partners and communities in developing structures for promoting transparency, tracking progress, and accountability.

Working towards racial equity and working for justice and liberation is lifelong. We are committed to lifetime learning, knowledge sharing, self-reflection, and change.

what we do

blakQuity works locally, nationally and globally across sectors and issue areas to provide transformational culture development, training, strategic planning, community engagement and consulting services that:

Revitalize Organizational Cultures through collaborative learning and action, training, coaching, learning and development, and resource sharing, We mobilize organizational change processes that build the capacity to dismantle institutional and structural racism and practice racial equity. We approach this from the top down by supporting leaders in creating a plan that encourages accountability and partnership.

Provide Community-Centered and Owned Development plans and programming to produce social impacts and bold transformative change.

Generate Action and Policy research that centers leadership and solutions from communities most closely impacted by decision-making processes. We support this effort by producing our own independently generated projects and initiatives that align with our values.

Public Speaking. We educate through public speaking and facilitate courageous conversations on intersectionality, womanism, and dismantling oppression globally.

tribe

We are a cadre of kinfolk united to promote community and the advancement of the Black and Brown Communities. The blakQuity brand is built upon a strong foundation for achieving Black liberation through the power of economics and a strong sense of community. Our tribe consists of people of culture who hold a robust body of wisdom and a deep commitment to our values as an organization.

ASHLEY SEALES
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IMANE SOUBIANE
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AMOS KULUMBA
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LAURYN KING
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partners

We prioritize our partnerships and engagements with communities, organizations, coalitions, philanthropy, and government agencies that are committed to undoing systemic inequities; shifting power and organizational practices, programs, services, and policy advocacy strategies; and that control and shape systems and services that directly impact the ability of Black and brown communities to realize their full power and live healthy lives. We actively seek and welcome opportunities to work with partners focused on equitable and inclusive relationships.