Five Women Making History:: Lucretia Carter Berry, Founder of Brownicity

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March is Women’s History Month and we are excited to celebrate and share five amazing women and mothers who are making an impact in today’s world.   We encourage you to join us each week as we spotlight these hardworking and inspiring women!

Lucretia Carter Berry:: Founder of Brownicity

Lucretia Carter Berry, Founder of Browncity
Lucretia Carter Berry, PhD is the founder of Brownicity, an agency committed to making important, scholarly-informed, antiracism education accessible, and the director of it’s online membership platform, which currently hosts over twelve thousand enrollments. With the tagline Many Hues, One Humanity, Brownicity’s mission is to foster education designed to inspire a culture of justice and true belonging for all.
A former college professor, Lucretia designed Brownicity’s flagship course and study guide, What LIES Between Us – Fostering First Steps Toward Racial Healing (2016) and authored Hues of You – An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In (2022). She is a Curriculum Specialist for Community School of Davidson (NC), a contributor for (In)courage.me, and a TED and Q-Ideas speaker. She is married to Nathan; they have three daughters and two aussiedoodles.
Lucretia earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and MA in English from Iowa State University, and her BA from South Carolina State University.

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An Interview with Lucretia

What inspired you to launch your business/ various projects

My friends wanted to understand why and how our society remained racially segregated and unjust. They wanted to be empowered with understanding so that they were positioned for change. I was privileged to have studied antiracism education in graduate school where I studied curriculum design. So I began designing curricula, lessons, and tools to onboard friends onto a learning journey.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

Twice a week, I teach a high school elective, called Antiracism 101. When I am not teaching the high school course, I am working to meet Brownicity’s mission of fostering education designed to create a shared understanding of race and racism to inspire a culture of true belonging and justice for all. During a typical week, I teach an online session, serve as a consultant for leaders, being interviewed for a podcast, and write for a manuscript or article.

As a woman, what obstacles did you face or did you ever question whether you could achieve your goals?

As a woman, I often feel that I am easily overlooked and underappreciated. Sometimes, I feel as though men see me as ’someone who is trying to figure this out rather than a mother scholar who can do ‘this’ well in her sleep.

Though I have already met and surpassed many goals, I still question whether I will achieve future goals.

What is one piece of advice you wish you could give your pre-boss self?

Don’t be discouraged by fallow ground. Every good seed you’ve sown will yield a life-giving harvest.

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