BRITTANY T. OLIVER
ACTIVIST | MEDIA STRATEGIST
Brittany is a civil and women's rights advocate, organizer, photojournalist, non-profit and communications professional who uses a racial equity lens to approach her interests within the arts, politics and the environment.
Brittany's passion for social justice began at a young age; at the age of 15, when she petitioned her high school to offer African-American classes so students like herself could learn about their history. A native of West Baltimore, she studied visual art intensively until she went off to college to earn a B.S. 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, Brittany grew up witnessing how society treated single Black women of inner city communities, which led to her latest project 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," her leadership has led her to facilitate a number of guest lectures, trainings and workshops on issues such as grassroots organizing, gender-based violence, effective communications and more. 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 in communities all over the world. One her most challenging experiences took place when she traveled to Palestine/Israel in last July on an activist delegation to speak directly with Palestinians resisting racism, military occupation and colonialism to explore intersectionality between the struggles of communities of color.
As the Police Accountability Program and Communications Coordinator at the American Civil Liberties of Maryland, she advocates and organizes on a variety of civil rights issues and assists with all aspects of advocacy and communications. Prior to joining the ACLU, she interned at Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Himmelrich PR and Johns Hopkins University. Brittany is a member of the Baltimore Activists of Color Organized for Equity and the Public Relations Society of America.
In her own time, Brittany enjoys photography, watching documentaries and is training to become a master naturalist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.