Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A Few Awesome Women in Honor of Black History Month

Happy Wednesday! I've been really uninspired to blog this last week - it may have something to do with my work period being 13 days (February 16-28) instead of the usual 15-16 days. Time crunch? Yeah, just a little bit.

I still had time to finish reading Carrie's Story and interview Molly Weatherfield. As part of the book tour, I'll be sharing the interview and my review on April 4th.

This is just a small sample of the women of African descent I admire. I could keep going but the post would quickly get too long.

The poet Ntozake Shange, who wrote For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. Even if you don't read poetry, you may remember it from its adaptation into a Tyler Perry movie with an ensemble cast including Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson and Kerry Washington.

Lucille Baldwin Brown is an everyday woman who blazed a trail (with an extraordinary sense of style!) - she was the first Black public librarian in Tallahassee, Florida.

Author Alice Walker.

Sojourner Truth. (It's a little hard to read here, buy easier to see on Pinterest.)

Josephine Baker - the singer/dancer/actor/civil rights activist was also an Allied spy during World War II!

Rosa Parks - there's so much more to her story than the time she refused to give up her seat on the bus. She was a lifelong civil rights activist who also worked to bring more attention to the issue of violence against women. When she passed away, she was the first woman to lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda and only the second African-American. With Sojourner Truth, she's soon to be one of two African-American women honored with a statue in the Capitol.

Raina Lamont, age 3, wore her Captain America costume to the polling place during last year's election.

Music and style icons Grace Jones and Tina Turner hung out together in 1981.

Going back one more generation, here's Billie Holiday hanging out with Ella Fitzgerald.

Finally, our strong (and beautiful) First Lady of the United States, Ms. Michelle Obama. Whether you agree with her husband's politics or not, you must admit wherever she goes and represents American women, she makes a good impression.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a refreshing look at some of the hero's we should be celebrating always for their courage and stance on equal rights and human compassion...