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.
It gives me chills thinking about the courage Ruby Bridges who in 1960 became the first Black child to attend an all-white public elementary school in the American South. Her fearlessness inspires me to continue to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available and to persist no matter what obstacles may lie before me.
This is why I am extremely excited to present Higher Heights’ 28 Days of HerStory. Throughout the month of February Higher Heights will highlight known Black women leaders such as Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, and Mahalia Jackson. We will also share stories of the not- so- known Black women (Evelyn Boyd Granville, Daisy Bates, and Fania Davis) whose impact is still being felt today. Though 28 days are certainly not enough time to highlight all the phenomenal ways that Black women did- and continue to – lead, we have much to celebrate in sharing the accomplishments of politicians, activists, athletes, and entertainers.
What Black woman do you admire in history? How has this person impacted you? I hope you will participate in the 28 Days of HerStory starting February 1st, 2015 by uploading pictures of Black women who deserve recognition. Be sure to use Higher Heights’ hashtag #BlackWomenLead and #28DaysofHerStory.
Can’t wait to experience 28 Days of HerStory with you!