“they are afraid
a woman can
be this free. this soft.
this strong. this color.”
— Ijeoma Umebinyuo
Brittany T. Oliver is a civil and women's rights advocate, organizer, educator, public speaker and communications professional who uses a racial equity lens to approach her interests within the arts, politics and the environment.
Brittany is the Digital Communications and Advocacy Manager at the Democratic Party of Maryland. Before joining the party, Brittany was the Police Accountability and Communications Coordinator at ACLU of Maryland where she advocated on a variety of civil rights issues and assisted with all aspects of advocacy and communications. Previously, she interned at Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Himmelrich PR and Johns Hopkins University, among others.
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 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, she 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," 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 in communities all over the world.
In June 2016, Brittany was nominated by the American Association for University Women (AAUW) to attend the United State of Women, a summit convened by the White House to address gender equality issues. One of her most challenging experiences was when she traveled to Palestine/Israel 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, which was one of her most challenging experiences yet. Brittany 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.