BGBB FOUNDERS
Chicago City Wide Dinner

What We Stand For

Black Girls Break Bread (BGBB) is a Chicago-based 501c3 non-profit organization founded by Chicago natives, Jessica Davenport-Williams, Khadija Warfield and Jazzy Davenport-Russ, with a mission to empower, uplift and inspire Black women and girls through the creation of safe spaces for intergenerational discourse and engagement. Black Girls Break Bread achieves this mission by aligning and maximizing academic institution physical and programmatic resources, solidifying partnerships between city agencies and nonprofit organizations and mobilizing investments in Black women and girls. Since the founding and establishment of Black Girls Break Bread in January 2017 we have successfully impacted over 1000 Black women and girls in the Chicago area spanning from middle school to middle age, while also hosting in other cities nationally to address social and emotional wellness. As Chicago natives and black women, we understand the challenges of navigating the complexities of this highly segregated city and the attention needed to protect our youth and preserve our elders.
Black Girls Break Bread Inc. is a Chicago Public Schools vendor servicing middle and high school grades to implement programming for social and emotional wellness. Our organization has also partnered with colleges and universities in the Chicagoland area and nationwide to implement programming.

Meet the Founders

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Jessica Davenport-Williams

Co-Founder

Jessica Davenport-Williams, co-founder of Black Girls Break Bread is a native of Chicago and has spent nearly 10 years in higher education as a financial administrator for Columbia College Chicago. She has co-authored an article for NACUBO Business Officer as well as presented nationally and internationally as a champion for the affordability, sustainability and accessibility of higher education. Davenport-Williams is an advocate for the advancement of women and minorities, and co-created the NACUBO Inaugural Women’s Forum as well as serving as Vice-Chair for various leadership committees. She is also the founder of an annual financial independence seminar in support of her passion for increased financial literacy in underrepresented communities. Davenport-Williams holds an undergraduate degree in Statistics and Operations Research from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is a loving wife and mother.

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Khadija Warfield

Co-Founder

Khadija Warfield, co-founder of Black Girls Bread has attended Fellowship Community Church of Chicago (FCC) for the past three years.  As a Chicago native, Khadija works in community outreach and organizing, along with praise and worship at FCC.  She also is an active member of Rock of Ages Church, Maywood, IL.  She spends most of her time as the Area North Coordinator for YoungLives as part of YoungLife, working with teen moms and their babies at Simpson Academy.  Khadija has a passion for fundraising, mentoring, and educating these ladies for the future.  Khadija holds a certification in prayer and volunteers with Courtside Ministry.  She is also the proud mother to two young men, and two young ladies.

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Jazzy Davenport-Russ

Co-Founder

Jazzy D. Davenport-Russ, co-founder of Black Girls Break Bread and Chicago native, is a high school educator, community college professor, mentor, and advocate for social justice, racial equity, and equality in the Chicago area. A champion of Black children, her servant leadership style nurtures an environment of excellence for her students, her school, and its community. Davenport is a lifelong learner. She prides herself on being Fisk made while also holding degrees from Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, and Dominican University.