Inspirational Women {Black History}

Monday, February 23, 2015
Black life, culture and history should be celebrated much more than a mere 28 days, but here we are again coming to the end of yet another Black History month.  I don’t do a big thing for black history month because I think of it as a daily occurrence; I don’t need a commemorative month to bring myself awareness but I do recognize it is important to teach people black history.

I’m not an educator by trade so my focus tends to be my personal experiences, struggles, or celebrations. Last year I talked about what black history month means to me, this year I just want to take a minute to celebrate some of the accomplishments of African-American women that inspire me!
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Maya Angelou (author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer) – this amazing woman has provided me with endless inspiration. She published 7 autobiographies, 3 books of essays, and books of poetry and plays. Awards, accolades, and honorary degrees don’t do her contribution justice! She wrote about her experience, the black experience and brought a voice to the people in very public forums (including presidential inaugurations).  Read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman (just read them).

Angela Davis (activist, educator, philosopher) – fighting for prisoner rights, feminism, and civil rights make her accomplished.  Being and educated black woman standing up for her beliefs and teaching others despite the “scandals” surrounding her life make her a hero. Political activism and educating college students is not for the weak of heart or mind.

Marian Wright Edelman (lawyer, educator, activist, children's advocate) – “Leave no child behind” --admirable, profound and the motto of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF). CDF is a non-profit organization founded by lawyer Marian Wright Edelman that advocates for children, striving to improve their lives! A student of Spelman College (right here in Atlanta), Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar! This southern woman worked hard fighting the battles to protect children focusing on foster care, adoption, youth pregnancy, child-care funding, prenatal care and much more!

Mae Jemison (astronaut, physician) – the first African-American female astronaut is kind of a big deal especially to a young black girl (younger me) interested in science and space.  She is also from the south (Alabama) which held even more significance to this southern girl!  A doctor, astronaut, and amazing black woman!

I realized after writing this the theme was southern, black women of excellence... it turns out that is what I’m striving to be.  These women truly inspire me! #blacklivesmatter
Check out my previous black history month personal reflections and affordable activities!


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