“they are afraid
a woman can
be this free. this soft.
this strong. this color.”
— Ijeoma Umebinyuo
Brittany T. Oliver is an advocate, educator, speaker and political communications professional 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 and Communications Coordinator at American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated to defending and preserving civil rights and liberties. In this role, she assisted with all aspects of advocacy, communications, volunteer management, community outreach and policy research.
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 their history. A native of West Baltimore, she 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 can be found at conferences, colleges and more to talk about issues such as grassroots organizing, gender-based violence, social media for activists 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 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, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University's Global Women's Institute, the University of Baltimore's Center on Applied Feminism and more.
Brittany's latest project involves analyzing issues surrounding embodiment, women's connections to nature and the arts, and spirituality's role in ecofeminist philosophy. In her own time, she enjoys photography, watching documentaries and is training to become a master naturalist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.