Brittany T. Oliver is a women's rights defender, educator, photojournalist, introverted traveler, PR/communications enthusiast and a non-profit leader interested in strengthening connections between the arts, the environment and social justice.
A native of West Baltimore, she studied visual art intensively until she went off to college to earn a B.S. in mass communication with a focus in public relations from Towson University to use her skills to bring people together with an impetus for social change.
Raised by her mother and grandmother, Brittany grew up witnessing how society treated single Black women of inner city families. This experience led to her passionate of investigating the intersections of race, class and gender as the theoretical and political framework for understanding the Black woman’s condition and struggle for liberation in the United States.
Brittany’s leadership has led her to facilitate a number of guest lectures, trainings and workshops on issues surrounding grassroots organizing, combating public and online harassment, creating safer spaces and more. Brittany was listed in "20 Black Women You Should Be Following Right Now" by Bitch Media and has given talks at places such as the Center on Applied Feminism at the University of Baltimore, Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University, Amnesty International human right's conference and more.
During her involvement in anti-street harassment advocacy and as the former co-director of Hollaback! Baltimore, one of the coolest things to happen was having her portrait featured in Baltimore's first art mural for Stop Telling Women To Smile and having it plastered on walls in communities all over the world.
Additionally, Brittany was nominated to attend the United State of Women, a summit convened by the White House to address gender equality issues in 2016. Soon after, Brittany traveled to Palestine/Israel on an activist delegation to speak directly with Palestinians resisting racism, military occupation and colonialism to explore how the struggles of different communities of color intersect.
Her latest project involves tapping back tap back into her roots by merging her love for the arts, nature and social justice. Sometimes her work will be a composition of personal tales and in others, they will be experiences of those she encounters throughout her life.
Brittany's public interest work takes place at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland where she organizes on a variety of civil rights issues and assists with all aspects of advocacy and communications. She is also a consultant for Art + Feminism, a campaign to improve coverage of women and art on Wikipedia through femme-driven editorship.
In her own time, she practices mindfulness with the Baltimore and Beyond: Mindfulness Community, volunteers for Baltimore Youth Arts, and can be found planning her next exploration. Brittany is also training to become a reiki healer and master naturalist.