PG Watkins

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

PG Watkins is a nonbinary organizer, facilitator, and organizational strategist from Detroit. PG believes that organizing and storytelling are interconnected and is committed to using both mediums to shift dominant oppressive narratives and change the material conditions of Black people in Detroit and beyond. They are the Co-founder and Director of Black Bottom Archives, a community media platform dedicated to cultivating the development and preservation of media created by Black Detroiters for the sake of amplifying our voices, archiving our histories, documenting our present realities, and transforming narratives about our city. Watkins is an abolitionist who believes that a world is possible beyond jails, detention, and punitive punishment and advances these beliefs through organizing locally and as a part of national networks. As a Program Coordinator for BlackOUT Collective, they support Black direct action trainers and practitioners around the country. They are also a member of 313 Liberation Zone, the Green Light Black Futures coalition, the Coalition for a People’s Budget, and on the Council of the James & Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership.