NIA COLLECTIVE | SINCE 1987
HELPING TO EMPOWER LESBIANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT
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 its meaning, Purpose, in the Swahili language. African Americans are familiar with the term
as the fifth principle of Kwanzaa, the Winter Harvest celebration.