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Echoing Ida was the brainchild of Alicia Walters who sought to position Black women and nonbinary folks in media as the experts they are. Starting in 2012, she and Shanelle Mathews took it from an idea to a fully functioning program of Forward Together. Today, Alicia leads the program to develop Black women and nonbinary change makers into go-to thought leaders.



Echoing Ida writers, or Idas, are change makers.

We provide effective and trusted analysis on issues impacting our communities.

We are parents, teachers, organizers, policy advocates, caregivers, neighbors, immigrants, and voters. We’re a growing network of writers, editors, media professionals, organizers, and policy advocates.


We shift the conversation.

Above all, we’re committed to amplifying the thought leadership of Black women and nonbinary folks. From intimidation to public harassment to all-out exclusion, journalism often punishes risk-takers. Echoing Ida makes it an accessible field for Black women and nonbinary folks who want to tell the whole truth.

We publish print and online articles. We conduct workshops and develop communication strategies for social justice organizations. We ensure our media and movements include our voices. By developing writers and removing publishing barriers, Echoing Ida amplifies the critical expertise of our communities.

To-date, Echoing Ida has published over 275 articles in 65 outlets. Together, we ensure our families and communities thrive.


We follow the legacy of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

Wells-Barnett wrote about the devastation of lynchings and Jim Crow. She fought for quality education and women’s suffrage. She exposed the United States’ insidious racism and sexism.

We hear the echo of our foremother. We are Echoing Ida.

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