28 Days of HerStory

Black History Month is always an exciting time because of the knowledge I gain throughout the 28 days. Each year, I gain a renewed respect for those Black women who have paved the way for my generation and it is up to us to keep their legacy alive.

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12 Days of Political Empowerment

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Ain’t I a Citizen?

By Arielle K. Andrews

The importance of being engaged in politics was instilled in me at a very young age. When I was two years-old, my parents had me reciting the presidential cabinet to anyone that would listen. “Madeweine Albwight,” I would say, it was close enough. By the age of ten, I knew every president in order, and the years that they served in office; I still do. Needless to say, once I turned 18, I was eager to finally make my opinion count and my voice heard by voting at the polls for local and national elections. As a black person and a woman, I see voting as a responsibility made possible only by the many men and women who came before me that were willing to die for the cause. The right to vote was out of reach for minority citizens for so many years that the ramifications of this oppression are still prevalent in debates over “The Voting Rights Act” in southern states such as North Carolina. Voting is a civic duty that should not be taken lightly. People risked their lives for this opportunity to choose, yet many constituents today aren’t even willing to sacrifice the time or gas money it takes to exercise their right to vote. What would Sojourner Truth say?

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Run Sista Run

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#BlackWomenLead Conversation on 2013 CBC on Building a Sustainable Leadership Pipeline

By Arielle Andrews

The hashtag, #BlackWomenLead, could not have rung truer this last week as the women of the Congressional Black Caucus, Sojourner Truth Legacy Project, Higher Heights for America, BET Network, and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University partnered to frame the conversation on Black women’s power, influence, and electoral leadership potential during the “#BlackWomenLead: Building a Sustainable Leadership Pipeline” event at the Congressional Black Caucus 2013 ALC on September 20, 2013 in Washington, DC

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Shirley Chisholm’s Birthday Wish

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Almost 40 years ago, Shirley Chisholm boldly declared her candidacy for president and changed the face of leadership by challenging the status quo. She once said, “I am, was, and always will be a catalyst for change.”  She made an enormous impact on women (particularly Black women) and the way they perceived political power and leadership.

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