Five years & counting...
March 18, 2022 marks the five-year anniversary of the launch of www.thiswomanswords.co! In the last five years I have truly grown to embrace the importance of both written words and spoken words in my life and in my community. While prior years highlighted the use of my pen, the last year spotlighted my ever-growing interest in the words written by others. In 2021 I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in literacy programming for children, to highlight the written work of women of color, to facilitate discussions about adult literacy, to coordinate virtual LGBTQ+ People of Color poetry nights, and to join other advocates in various conversations about how we can use our words and actions to assist and positively impact the marginalized people in our communities.
THANK YOU to each person who has supported the ThisWomansWords brand over the last five years! Thank you for the reposts, for showing up at various events, for being willing to have difficult conversations, and for helping the causes that are important to me to gain more attention.
I look forward to what this brand can continue to grow into and the words that can continue to be shared and uplifted in this space and others. I think that what I said for the four year anniversary bears repeating:
…As is the tradition in this space, let us continue to write the words that we need and want to read. Let us continue to stand in the gap by fulfilling the needs that are identified but seldom addressed. Let us continue to work towards finishing the business of our ancestors in a nation that seldom speaks their names or recognizes their excellence. Here's to a future that we create from the magic of our words and the strength of our faith. Here's to naming what hurts us and celebrating what heals us. Here's to the words – both written and spoken – that leave their mark on those we have never met and that enter rooms where we will never step…
It has been such a wonderful ride. Happy five years!
Shereá D. Burnett was raised in Alamance County, North Carolina. She identifies as Afro-Indigenous and is a proud citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation. Shereá attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majored in Political Science and Afro-American Studies. She also minored in Social and Economic Justice. Shereá received her Juris Doctor degree from Elon University School of Law.
Shereá is a Social Worker at heart. She spends her days working with a diverse group of agencies that are striving to assist people experiencing homelessness. Her work draws on the many years of experience that Shereá has providing services to families, to those experiencing homelessness, and to victims of domestic violence. She spends her evenings as an Adjunct Professor at a local college.
Shereá primarily engages in projects and activities focused on Women of Color, Children of Color, and those identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ Community. Shereá serves in various capacities for local nonprofit and community-oriented organizations. She is interested and actively involved in community service and advocacy work throughout the state of North Carolina. In addition to writing, Shereá is passionate about literacy programming for children, promoting the work done by Black and Indigenous women, and raising awareness about the issues impacting marginalized communities.
Shereá attributes her love for writing to the many Black writers and poets whose work she has had the immense pleasure of reading and whose personal stories she has had the opportunity to learn about. In particular, Shereá Denise credits much of her love for writing (and reading) to Toni Morrison, Nikki Giovanni, Angela Davis, Pauli Murray, and Ida B. Wells.
The mission of ThisWomansWords is to elevate the voices, words, and experiences of those identifying as part of marginalized communities with a specific emphasis on communities that include Afro-Indigenous women, children of color, and LGBTQ+ People of Color.