June 15, 2021
For Immediate Release
Blvck Womxn Worldwide and Busby Foundation to host first International Blvck Womxn’s Day in The Gambia and other countries on Friday June 18th, honoring Olimatta Taal, Connie Tucker and acknowledging other progressive Gambian Women at Luna Lounge from 11:30am-4pm
Blvck Womxn Worldwide and Busby Foundation to host first International Blvck Womxn’s Day in The Gambia and other countries on Friday June 18th, honoring Olimatta Taal and acknowledging other progressive Gambian Women at Luna Lounge from 11:30am to 4pmin the village. It is a free event and lunch will be served.
This event is to honor Blvck Womxn (Black Women) in the Gambia and around the world. In fact, the 18th of June will forever be our International Blvck Womxn’s (Black Women’s) holiday. No, that isn’t a typo. BWWW spells “Black” with a “v” to make the distinction in writing between a Black object or possession and a Blvck person.
BWWW invites us to use this linguistic exercise signified by a “v” to indicate the collective body of Pan-African descendants that live, work, and play within the global Blvck experience. “Blvck” is a bold recognition of the diverse identities housed within the global Blvck family, such as: African-American, African in America, Multi-racial and Blvck, Afro-Latina, Blvck Caribbean, Blvck-indigenous, and all members of the various Blvck African nations.
We seek to acknowledge and network with Gambian women (womxn) and celebrate their contributions to society too. This event is a charitable red carpet luncheon to organize ourselves and our greatness. We will celebrate our women (womxn) for three (3) days with a virtual benefit concert as well, 18th June – 20th of June.
“As a charitable nonprofit, Blvck Womxn Worldwide was established to accelerate Blvck womxn in motion,” says Kira Lee – founder of Blvck Womxn Worldwide. “Our mission is to work with Blvck woman-led organizations to create safe, inspiring, and equitable spaces for Blvck womxn. Busby Gives Foundation is in working in partnership serving as the ambassador to organize the event in The Gambia.
Internationally Connie Tucker will be honored for a whole year by BWWW, the mother of Olimatta Taal for her contributions to society as a civil rights, panAfricanist and environmental justice activist. This event is a charitable event to honor Blvck Womxn (Black Women) in the Gambia and around the world. In fact, the18th of June will forever be Blvck Womxn’s (Black Women’s) holiday. Here, in The Gambia, Gambian Trailblazer Olimatta Taal will be honored for her work. For more information contact +220-250-9257or Busby Foundation at 531-5133.
Olimatta Taal Bio
Olimatta Taal is a product of an activist mother, Connie Tucker of Tuskegee, Alabama and Pan Africanist father, Saihou Taal of The Gambia, West Africa. She spent her childhood between Tuskegee, Honolulu, Hawaii, Selma, Alabama and The Gambia. After taking her common entrance at Marina International School, she returned to the U.S. As a movement child, she began actively participating in it as a leader from an early age. In 1990, Olly alongside other youth leaders led a student walk out at West Side Middle School as they joined other students in a sit-in at Selma High School against racial tracking and mis-education in the school system.
This was the youth wing of the organization, Selma Movement against Racial Tracking. She spent many months on the front line for education and was arrested for protesting at City Hall from the age of 13. She received youth leadership training from the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement and the Southern Association of Black Educators throughout her teenage years.
A few years later, while living in Atlanta she co-founded Ujima Youth Organization and Straight Up at Stone Mountain High School at the same time co-founding a national umbrella youth organization, the Youth Task Force. She organized, mobilized, and educated youth throughout the country. In 1994, their “Unity in the Community Campaign, Peace in the Streets” against environmental racism garnered international attention as they were beat and arrested by cops in a melee. Joseph Lowery and other leaders served as a council of elders as the march was reorganized and the battle won as 500 returned strong a month later. As a result of her youth work she was named Youth Mayor of the Day and spent the day with Mayor Bill Campbell as Mayor for The Day. She also received the key to the City of Atlanta. And later was invited as a guest speaker on BET’S Teen Summit, discussing youth roles in the Civil Rights Movement then and now.
While attending Georgia State University, she began a career as a journalist and publicist. Her work was published in The Caribbean Star Newsmagazine, Rolling Out Magazine, Source Magazine France, The Final Call, Ebony Magazine, and other publications. After graduating with a degree in African Studies, she was hired by Irie Fm in Jamaica in the Production Department and also worked in Marketing with Zip Fm as well. She simultaneously work as a publicist working with Dead Prez, King of Kings, Sizzla Kalonji, Tarrus Riley, Coco Tea, GeeJam, D’Angel, BET J’s Earth Strong Production, the Selma Voting Rights Museum, The International Roots Festival in The Gambia and others. In April 2010, Ms. Taal was hired as the Executive Director of the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama where she oversaw a $450,000 project to digitize and archive the Museum.
Olly has taken over 400 people to Africa since 1994 and in 1999 took former Motown Recording Artist The Boys now The Suns to The Gambia. During that trip, The Suns repatriated to The Gambia and began to transform the music industry up till now in 2020. Currently, she is focusing on building her company Sen Ghigen Production which is an entertainment company that does event planning, organizing tours, booking of artists, public relations, marketing, hosting of events and manages a record company called Money Empire Group in The Gambia. She also started the Connie Tucker Legacy Foundation, named after her demised mom to continue the work she has done internationally. Olimatta Taal was decorated O.R.G. in The Gambia in 2014, the second highest honor a citizen can receive.
Connie Tucker Bio
Connie Tucker (October 14, 1950 – September 26, 2015) was born in Seale, Alabama to parents Otis Spencer Jr. and Bernice Nall Tucker. Although a native of Alabama, she grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama and Sarasota, Florida. Connie attended Booker High School (Sarasota); the University of South Florida (Tampa). She became an activist for social justice in the late 1960s and 1970s as one of the young leaders of the Black Liberation Movement. She co-founded Black Youth For Peace and Power in Sarasota which spiraled into other forms of activism with other groups.
She was also co-founder of the The Burning Spear Newspaper and served as Chair of the African People’s Socialist Party also referred to as The Uhuru Movement. During that time, she became one of the iconic and first modern day political prisoners at the tender age of twenty and was released through a national Free Connie Tucker Campaign. Her legal case was supported and financed by Ann Braden (SCEJ). Through the Uhuru Movement platform to Free Connie, other’s joined including SCLC, SNCC, and AAPRP organizing to free her as well. James Orange organized a march from one side of Florida to the next. After she was freed, she married fellow comrade and Pan Africanist Saihou Omar Taal, a Gambian international student studying soil science and agriculture at Tuskegee, University.
In the 1980s, Connie lived and worked for the United States Agency for International Development and the University of Wisconsin in The Gambia, West Africa. Returning to the USA in the late 1980s, she became Project Coordinator for the 21st Century Youth Leadership Training Project in Selma, Alabama and played a major role in the Selma Movement Against Racial Tracking to end miseducation and tracking in the schools. In 1992, she worked as coordinator of the Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice organizing its South-wide Environmental Justice Project.
Connie was key to this historic regional conference in New Orleans, the largest diverse environmental justice conference to date. In May 1993, she became the Executive Director for SOC and grew its Environmental Justice (EJ) network to one of the largest grassroots efforts in the United States, which worked across eight states in the U.S. EPA’s region IV. From this work the National Environmental Justice Council (NEJAC) and the Clinton Environmental Justice Executive Order were established. Connie co-founded the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute and the Bridge Crossing Jubilee (which commemorates Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery March). She died on September 26th in Atlanta, Georgia and her daughters Olimatta Taal and Maiyai Taal Hocheimy are keeping her legacy alive.
CEO, Sen Ghigen Productions