In this vlog, I hope to inspire those working together towards equity as exemplified in principle no. 10 (of 10): Pursue Collective Empowerment, Activism, and Social Justice for advancing black feminism in public health. The rhetoric of “empowerment” permeates public health promotions and interventions. Black feminism builds upon this existing narrative with a standpoint on “collective empowerment”, where scholar/activists unite with diverse advocates and underprivileged groups of people to foster health equity.
In the video below, I identify core elements of collective empowerment through an acronym for B.E.L.I.E.V.E. No matter your chosen public health cause or related social or structural injustice cause, when we come together to advocate, connect, and support the power of health equity, this African proverb sums up collective empowerment: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Believing in the power of collective empowerment serves as our public health blueprint for progress.
B. E. L. I. E. V. E.