March's Toolkit Focus
In honor of Women’s History Month: Celebrating Black Women & Girls

This month, we are focusing our energy on and acknowledging the incredible contributions of Black women and girls to our neighborhoods, society, and world. We are listening to their stories of struggle and triumph. We are celebrating their perseverance and amplifying their unique perspective in a society where they have been double-marginalized for so long. Social injustices, some more evident than others, continue to oppress and serve as a barrier for women of color. We hope that by bringing such issues to the forefront of our minds, we will begin to break down those barriers and realize that our diversity is what unites us.

We are still processing the murders in Atlanta this week, which targeted Asian American women. One thing we know is that sitting in silence counters any progress towards racial justice. While it is still fresh, we know that we must speak now, and we begin by offering resources to you, our community. To help equip us all to be more supportive neighbors and upstanders.

"Self-esteem means knowing
you are the dream."

-Oprah Winfrey
ONE Article
by Maura Cheeks
Harvard Business Review, March 26, 2018
ONE Video
A Conversation With Black Women on Race
New York Times, December 1, 2015
ONE Podcast
Audible Podcast Series:
"In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer"
This series is available for free via a 30-day Audible trial and to Audible subscribers. Click HERE for information.

THIS free YouTube video commemorates the launch of this series as well as the start of Greer's curated series of the events entitled 'The Era of Reclamation.'
ONE Book Recommendation
Each of the books listed below is available through Westborough Public Library.
  • For children and people of all ages: I Can Do It Too! By Karen Baicker
  • For teens and young adults: Watch us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagen
  • For adults: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
ONE Movie
Hidden Figures
Film available through Westborough Public Library.
With Your Own Two Hands
For families, groups of friends, or member organizations
(Suggestion from PBS News Hour)

Together, watch a recording of Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first youth poet laureate deliver the Inauguration Poem, “The Hill We Climb” on the day that the US inaugurated its first Black Woman to the Vice Presidency as a family and discuss the following: In “The Hill We Climb,” Gorman says: “We, the successors of a country and the time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one.” 

Who came before you?
Who are the women influencers in your family’s (or your individual) history?
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About Westborough Connects

Westborough Connects is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (EIN # 84-1751472) focused on building a more connected and kind community where everybody feels like they belong. Often in partnership with others, Westborough Connects creates opportunities to support and celebrate the diversity, spirit, and character of Westborough through programs and events that are community-based, strengths-based and dedicated to connecting people to resources and each other.