The NIA Collective was created by and for
lesbians of African descent. The organization was founded in
1987 during the Black Caucus at The Lesbian of Color Conference
in San Francisco.
The word "NIA" was chosen for it's meaning:
purpose in the language of Swahili. African Americans are
familiar with the Term as the 5th principal of Kwanzaa, the
winter harvest celebration.
The "purpose" of NIA is to collectively build a network through
self-definition, self-acceptance and acceptance of each others,
as lesbians, of people of African descent and as women.
The Collective's principal project has been an annual gathering.
Recently we have enlarged our vision and our scope to meet the
needs of lesbians of African descent throughout the year. We are
committed to excellent social, political, educational and
spiritual health of us all!
Statement of Purpose:
To promote love, honor, solidarity, and integrity among Lesbians
of African Descent, in our communities and in our society;
To produce and provide an annual egalitarian retreat or
gathering to affirm the existence of Lesbians of African Descent
through a spiritual, social, and educational milieu;
To offer community-based outreach which encompasses networking
opportunities, social and cultural events and economic awareness
for Lesbians of African Descent;
To provide support for Lesbians of African Descent of all ages
to foster self-esteem, visibility, self acceptance and
To encourage and nurture educational assistance through
mentoring and scholarships for Lesbians of African Descent; and
to aid in fostering personal and professional enrichment.
The Annual Gathering:
in Balance - 15 Year Reunion
Our New Gathering Date: November 22 -24, 2002
(Our 15th Annual Nia Collective Gathering date has changed from
the weekend of 11/15/02)
This year's Gathering is a very special one -
our 15th anniversary.
The theme, "Walking in Balance - 15 Year
Reunion" will encompass a reuniting of the founding and
former NIA members, a welcoming of sistahs who are attending for
the first time and an embracing of sistahs who continue to come
year after year. The workshops will focus on spirituality,
health & wellness, economic vitality, political awareness,
social networking and sexuality. We are actively planning these
stimulating workshops and a forum discussion for you.
We have added a new element to our very special weekend - a
Commitment Ceremony. You can commit to yourself or to a partner
- so start thinking about this very special occasion.
Please join us to make this a special anniversary year. We
encourage you to call our hotline and give us suggestions to
help shape the weekend retreat.
Also, be sure to register early!
As always, we appreciate and need volunteers for the Gathering
and to help sustain NIA.
Post Office Box 10863
Oakland, CA 94610-0863