Black women and girls gathered for the Fifth Annual Black Girls Vote Ball on Nov. 18. The event was a celebration of Black women in the area who are making moves in the political arena and pushing their communities forward.

By Tashi McQueen, AFRO Political Writer,
Report for America Corps Member,

Black Girls Vote (BGV) held its fifth annual ball on Nov. 18 at Martin’s West in Baltimore County.

Members of the organization celebrated Black women with elected officials and community leaders, all gathered to recognize the efforts in politics and advocacy to make a difference in the community and worldwide.

Natasha Murphy, a co-chair of the fifth annual ball and chief of staff at BGV, shared that 850 guests attended the ball.

“The organization’s marquee fundraiser was themed ‘It’s a Black Girls World,’ highlighting the undeniable, international impact of Black women,” said Murphy. “Black Girls Vote recapped the impact of the new Black Girls Vote Research Network launched earlier this year and also announced the 2023 launch of the organization’s advisory board.”

Scholarships were awarded to leaders of BGV’s seven collegiate chapters, including Morgan State University, Bowie State University and Howard University.

The gathering featured a Black woman music mixer, DJ Keebee, backed by a live percussionist named “The Bearded Drummer.”

“This event needs to invite schools,” said 11-year-old Sophia Patani, who met Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott at the event.

Sophia attended the gala with her mother, Rachana Patani. 

“I brought my daughter to the Gala because it’s important for her to recognize her voice and power,” said Rachana Patani. “I wanted her to see women who look like her using their voices to challenge public policies for the greater good.”

BGV is a grassroots organization that advocates for the interests of Black women and other women of color. They aim to uplift communities of color and educate Black women to comprehend public policies making them more equipped voters and active citizens.

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