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28 Queens Of Black History Who Deserve Much More Glory

Black history lessons in classrooms shouldn’t be limited to the names of men and only a few women. Especially when there are countless women who’ve made enormous strides for the black community, too.

The revolutionary words Angela Davis spoke, the record-breaking feats of Wilma Rudolph and the glass ceiling-shattering efforts of Shirley Chisolm paved the way for black women and girls across the country to dream big and act courageously.

Here are 28 phenomenal women everyone should acquaint themselves with this black history month.

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we covered dodie!

  • us when Variety reported that Tessa Thompson, Zoe Kravitz, and Naomi Scott were up for the role in the Han Solo movie: That's great! I hope they're considering some dark skinned actresses as well :)
  • Kathleen Kennedy: What was that? Did you say you wanted another white brunette?
  • us: What? We didn't-
  • Kathleen: Another white BRITISH brunette, right?
  • us: That's not-
  • Kathleen: Here's Emilia Clarke.
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We Always Hear About the Brothers but How About…

FREEDOM’S SISTERS

  • Ella Jo Baker
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Septima Poinsette Clarke
  • Kathleen Cleaver
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams
  • Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Francis Watkins Harper
  • Charlayne Hunter-Gault
  • Dorothy Irene Height
  • Barbara Jordan
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Rosa Parks
  • Constance Baker Motley
  • Sonia Sanchez
  • Mary Church Terrell
  • Betty Shabazz
  • Harriett Tubman
  • C. Delores Tucker
  • Ida B. Wells

Get to Googling…

The failure of history to recognize the dedication of black women to the cause of equal rights for women might seem inexplicable, but it is the result of certain easily recognizable factors. The first and most potent is the tendency to oversimplify. Spotting that tendency is easy. It shows itself in statements like “The pilgrims came to this country for religious freedom,” “Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves,” and “The New Deal ended the Great Depression.” Complexity is difficult for history to acknowledge, and the position of black women with regard to black men, white men, and white women has always been complex. In the nineteenth century, they wanted two things–freedom for women and freedom for African Americans. When asked to choose between these two things, most of them refused, and history therefore has failed to recognize their dedication to both causes.
—  A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America by Darlene Clark Hine & Kathleen Thompson

This is a great photo of Justin Trudeau (and some cabinet) and the Premiers and opposition leaders at COP21 (as well as Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde)

Rona Ambrose appears to be missing on the party side of things. Tom Mulcair and Elizabeth May are both there.