Who We Are

The Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative for Economic and Social Justice (SRBWI) is a 501c3 Human Rights organization, formed in 2001 to address historical race, class, cultural, religious and gender barriers faced by Black women and young women in the rural U. S. South.

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We Are Southern Rural Black Women

The Civil Rights struggle didn’t end in the Nineteen Sixties.

It didn’t begin there either. 


The Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative builds on the rich history of Strong Southern Black Women of the Civil Rights Movement as it exposes and combats the barriers of race, class, and power that trap so many rural Black women and their children in ingratiating poverty. We are a network of over 2,500 women and young women across the Black Belt in Alabama and Georgia, and the Delta in Mississippi guided by Black Women-Led Organizations, honoring the achievements of our ancestry. 

Unita Blackwell
Young Women’s Intergenerational Leadership Program

Creating young women leaders through programs like the Unita Blackwell Leadership Institute.

Women in Agriculture

in Agriculture

Lifting women from poverty through a coop that accesses land and builds a business around food.

Human RIghts Commission

Human Rights

Local black female community leaders making grassroots strides in public policy and human rights.

Southern Journeys


Southern Journeys is a worker-owned social enterprise that draws its inspiration from the West African traditions of piece sewing and quilting.