Mary Hooks

Co-Director, Southerners on New Ground

Southerners on New Ground is a political home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. We build, sustain, and connect a southern regional base of LGBTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities. SONG builds this movement through leadership development, coalition and alliance building, intersectional analysis, and organizing. Mary Hooks is a 38yr old, Black, lesbian, feminist, mother, organizer and co-director of SONG. Mary joined SONG as a member in 2009 and began organizing with SONG in 2010. Mary’s commitment to Black liberation, which encompasses the liberation of LGBTQ folks, is rooted in her experiences growing up under the impacts of the War on Drugs. Her people are migrants of the Great Migration, factory workers, church folks, Black women, hustlers and addicts, dykes, studs, femmes, queens and all people fighting for the liberation of oppressed people. “The mandate; to avenge the suffering of our ancestors, to earn the respect of future generations, and to be transformed in the service of the work. Let’s get free ya’ll!” - Mary Hooks

Mary is speaking at

Plenary
June 30, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Speakers

  • Shona Chakravartty (Convening Co-Chair) Senior Program Officer, Hill-Snowdon Foundation
  • Mary Sobecki (Convening Co-Chair) Executive Director, The Needmor Fund
  • Adriana Rocha (Facilitator) President, Neighborhood Funders Group
  • Kevin Ryan (MC) Program Officer, Cities and States, Ford Foundation
  • Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson (Speaker) Co-Executive Director, Highlander Research and Education Center
  • Mary Hooks (Speaker) Co-Director, Southerners on New Ground
  • Gladys Washington (Speaker) Former Deputy Director, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Description



NFG is kicking off our 2020 virtual convening series with our 40 Years Strong plenary session that incorporates videos, speakers, and a live Q&A. Join us to hear from NFG’s convening co-chairs and board members, Mary Sobecki and Shona Chakravartty, and NFG’s new President, Adriana Rocha, as we celebrate four decades of mobilizing philanthropy and explore what is possible in the current era of organized philanthropy. We’ll feature philanthropic and movement leaders who will deliver a keynote presentation on what is needed in this political moment to support people, place and power.

Session Time: 9-10:30am PT / 10-11:30am MT / 11-12:30pm CT / 12-1:30pm ET

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Note: This session is intended for foundation staff and trustees, donors, philanthropic affinity group staff, and invited speakers.

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