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In 2018, Dr. Mandou Billye Sankofa Waters – daughter of Mary Rhodes – founded Blackgirl Gold Unapologetic, Inc – a not for profit that provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Blackgirls*. That same year, BGU awarded the first Mama Mary [Undergraduate] Scholarship for $1,000 to Gyrell Morrow, (Chicago State University.) The second round of BGU scholarships will be provided late Fall of 2021.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider making a tax-free donation to the "Mama Mary" Scholarship. "

I am blessed to have inherited these gifts from my mother: teaching, othermothering, artistry and attention to detail, esteem, faith, and lots of laughter. It is with these gifts that I have been able to explore the world and understand the importance of home. It is with these gifts that I understand the importance of tithing and sowing seeds. It is with these gifts that Blackgirl Gold Unapologetic exists and I honor her – the first scholarship of BGU is in her name: Mama Mary.

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Blackgirl Gold Unapologetic, Inc. is a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRC. For more information, please visit

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