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"She Thrives" honors 10 Black women who are making change in their communities, in a variety of ways

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February 01, 2019 01:01 PM

Jasmine Crowe. Betti Wiggins. Nafessa Williams. Lisa Borders.

Those are just a few change-making Black women being honored in NBC’s new series, “She Thrives,” thanks to their efforts to serve and impact their communities in positive ways.

In celebration of Black History Month, the network has launched the Black woman-focused, month-long special feature under its online platform NBCBLK. The platform, which shares Black community news, is highlighting 10 women who are “shaping their communities and, in their own way, altering life for everyone in 21st century America.”

“NBCBLK’s ‘She Thrives’ is just our latest initiative highlighting African-American women who are leaders in their industries,” Yvette Miley, senior vice president of NBC News and MSNBC, tells PEOPLE in a statement.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled about our inaugural group of strong women who carry on the legacy of our forbearers during Black History Month.”

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The women being celebrated have taken up various efforts in everything from education and gender parity to fashion and television.

Among the women is Valencia D. Clay, a teacher at Baltimore Design School. Clay is also co-founder of The Flourishing Blossoms Society for Girls Inc., which supports young girls from urban areas through mentoring and service opportunities.

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“My work is a vessel for empowerment.,” Clay told NBCBLK. “I think the most rewarding part about being an educator is that your work is very reciprocal. So, as I teach my students, I’m continuously learning. As they grow, I grow and this is on a daily basis.”

The list also includes U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Jackson was famously considered to replace Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia after his death in 2016.

As D.C. is the seat of the federal government, Jackson has used her power and prowess to protect federal employees and prosecute gun-wielding attackers.

Along with Borders, Williams, Wiggins, Crowe, Clay and Jackson are Brandice Daniel, Tiffany Loftin, Veda Woods and Millie Brown.

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