Brittany T. Oliver is an advocate, educator, public speaker, movement connector and communicator who uses a race equity lens to approach her interests within the arts, social justice and the environment.
Brittany is the Digital Communications and Advocacy Manager at the Democratic Party of Maryland. Previously, she was the Police Accountability Program Coordinator and Communications Associate for four years at American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated to defending civil rights and liberties. After the Baltimore Uprising, Brittany organized a number of community discussions to address the intersections of gender and policing and worked tirelessly to help implement the consent decree through coalition-building and partnerships.
Brittany's passion for social justice began at the age of 15, when she petitioned her high school to offer African-American classes so students like herself could learn about more about their history. A native of West Baltimore, Brittany studied visual art intensively until she went off to college to earn a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Towson University to use her skills to bring people together with an impetus for social change. Raised by her mother and grandmother, she grew up witnessing how society treated single Black women of inner city communities, which led to investigate the intersections of race, class and gender as the theoretical and political framework for understanding the Black woman’s condition and struggle for liberation.
Named as Bitch Media's "20 Black Women You Should Be Following Right Now," Brittany's leadership has led her to facilitate a number of guest lectures, trainings and workshops and discussing issues such as grassroots organizing, gender-based violence, social media for activists and more. In 2015, Brittany became a Baltimore Innovation Fellow of the Warnock Foundation and has been working on developing a "social container" for women of color activists to stay connected and make a difference. As the former co-director of Hollaback! Baltimore from 2014-2016, 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 all over the world.
One of her most challenging experiences was when she traveled to Palestine/Israel in July 2016 on an activist delegation to speak with Palestinians resisting racism, military occupation and colonialism to explore intersectionality between the struggles of communities of color. In her community, Brittany is known not to shy away from speaking up on issues that matter to those most affected by systemic injustices.
She has been a featured speaker for Amnesty International's Human Right's Conference, Johns Hopkins University, the Global Women's Institute, Center on Applied Feminism at the University of Baltimore and more.