Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow Emerging Leaders Award Recognizes Assata’s Daughters
January 17 2020

The Barrow Emerging Leaders award supports innovative work benefiting Black women and girls

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) selected Assata’s Daughters to receive the Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow Emerging Leaders Award to support innovative work benefiting Black women and girls in the Chicago region with a $25,000 investment. CFW will present the award at the 2020 Impact Awards on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at The Chicago History Museum.

“Mentoring and investing in the next generation of leaders working for justice and equity was a commitment that Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow took very seriously,” Felicia Davis, CFW President and CEO said. “The Willie Taplin Barrow Fund for Black Women’s Leadership at Chicago Foundation for Women was established to continue the legacy of Rev. Barrow, and we are thrilled to present the Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow Emerging Leaders Award to Assata’s Daughters in support of their work.”

The Barrow Emerging Leaders Award will support Assata’s Daughters innovative programming that provides political education, leadership development, and revolutionary services, led by and for young Black women and teens in Chicago.

“It’s an honor to receive this award and continue Rev. Barrow’s legacy of fighting for equity and justice through collective leadership,” Christian Snow, Executive Director of Assata’s Daughter, said. “This award will help support two major programs, environmental justice and political education.”

The Willie Taplin Barrow Fund for Black Women’s Leadership at Chicago Foundation for Women supports The Barrow Emerging Leaders Award and initiatives to invest in black women and girls in the Chicago region, including the Willie’s Warriors Leadership Initiative. The Barrow Fund was established at CFW in 2017 with the support of the Willie Taplin Barrow Leadership Institute and Museum in partnership with African American Legacy (AAL) at the Chicago Community Trust. The Willie Taplin Barrow Fund for Black Women’s Leadership at CFW ensures that generations of new leaders understand and appreciate the legacy and work of Rev. Barrow, and give rise to new models of collaborative work and leadership centered around women of color as we work together to strengthen all of our communities.

“Rev. Barrow was passionate about supporting the leadership potential of Black women,” Dr. Patricia Carey, Executor of the Barrow Estate and goddaughter of Rev. Barrow, said. “She would so, so pleased to know that her vision for the development of leadership in Black women and girls continues.”

Additional information about the 2020 Impact Awards, including sponsorship and ticket information, is available at www.cfw.org/impact.

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About Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow

The Rev. Willie Barrow helped to organize the Chicago chapter of Operation Breadbasket alongside the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Later, Rev. Barrow served as executive director and chair of the board of Rainbow/PUSH. Throughout her life, Barrow was a champion for civil rights, an advocate for racial justice and women’s rights, and an activist for the LGBTQ community.  She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and was a mentor to President Barack Obama. Barrow died in 2015 at the age of 90.

About Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all. CFW funds organizations working to solve the biggest problems facing women and girls: economic insecurity, violence, and lack of access to health care and information. Last year, CFW invested $2.8 million in 117 organizations, leveraging the generosity of 2,700 donors, impacting 70,000 women and girls in our region. In addition to grantmaking, CFW invests in developing women leaders and advocates, and brings together diverse coalitions to collaborate, share resources and develop solutions. Learn more at www.cfw.org.

CONTACT:
Christina Córdova-Herrera
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