Hello, lovelies! It’s Adi here, and I know that last post I said I would be doing a challenge, but I sadly have to delay that to the next post for an impromptu blog entry.
You guys probably know that it’s Black History Month, right? Well, I thought I’d post something to honor this historical month. We all know that racism is still prominent in everyday life, but life has definitely improved for many of us. Black History Month is to honor all of the people who fought for Black lives and who were part of the civil rights movement. Also, March is Women’s Empowerment Month, so I thought I’d combine these two for this post. Here are some prominent (but sadly underrated) African American women who accomplished lots and fought for their rights:
- Claudette Colvin. This strong teenage girl fought in her own way to end segregation. You may know of Rosa Parks, the iconic woman who refused to give up her seat in a bus for a white man. Well, several months before Ms. Parks made a stand, Claudette Colvin in fact did the same: she refused to give up a seat for a white passenger and was taken to jail. Why was she forgotten? It’s not completely known, but many have guessed that Rosa Parks made a better icon than a school going teen for the movement, so Claudette was not acknowledged.
- Bessie Coleman. Bessie was born in a highly segregated time, which made achieving her dream even harder, being a half-Native American and half-African American woman. Coleman set her sights on her goal and didn’t stop anywhere until she reached it. With the help of a successful millionaire, she traveled to France and got a pilot’s license, making Bessie Coleman the first licensed African American female pilot.
- Althea Gibson. Althea was a highly qualified tennis player who won her first tournament at the ripe, young age of 15. She played at the American Tennis Association, which was reserved for black players. Then she challenged racism by breaking the color barrier and playing with people of all colors at Forest Hills Country Club and finally became the first black player at Wimbledon.
- Charlotte Ray. This educated woman became the first African American female lawyer in the United States of America and the first to be admitted in the bar in the District of Columbia. She studied at Harvard and got a law degree, but sadly her race and gender provided too many obstacles for her career and Charlotte Ray became an excellent teacher in New York.
- Recy Taylor. Taylor was just a normal woman living in Alabama. Until she was walking home from church and raped at gunpoint by six white men. She promised to stay silent in order to get home to her husband and daughter, but Recy Taylor did quite the opposite. Having suffered terrible injustice and trauma, Taylor spoke out about her assault alongside Rosa Parks, who began her career in civil rights as an anti-rape activist. In protest of her speaking out, Taylor’s home was bombed and destroyed by angry attackers. The police did nothing to help her, but Recy Taylor never gave up telling her story to all who would listen in order to shed light on the inequity that happened to many black women.
These five black women were brave and fighters throughout their lives who deserve to be remembered. As you go along your daily life, think about all of the people who sacrificed so much to get us here. Be grateful that our lives are much easier than the struggles they went through.
And on a less solemn note, happy late Valentine’s day! I promise I’ll post the 20 questions (hehe) soon. Byeeeeeeeee!
P.S. That’s bye in Swahili!