Seven Wild Dreams is a collective of black girls and femmes fighting for education justice through cultural affirmation and grassroots political change to dismantle the harmful beliefs, policies, and practices that push black girls and femmes out of school.
Seven was formed in April 2017, in response to a need for a co-constructed space for black girls and femmes to organize for just and inclusive educational spaces in Pittsburgh schools. Seven was founded and continues to be supported by black women with a structure of shared, inter-generational leadership.
The name Seven represents the first cohort of black girls as well as each pillar or culture principle they contributed to the foundation of the organization. The second part of the name, Wild Dreams, is included as a homage to the unattributed quote “I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams” and the representation of black history and culture as it exists within the members of Seven.
Seven seeks to eradicate the pushout of black girls and femmes through community teach-ins, student organizing, mobilizing, and elevation of student voice. While Seven is an emerging organization, they have an established track record of developing student capacity as political education workshop facilitators and podcast hosts. Seven proudly serves high school aged black girls and femmes from across the city of Pittsburgh, including but not limited to Pittsburgh Public School District, Woodland Hills School District, and McKeesport School District.