Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898—December 15, 1987)
Septima Poinsette Clarkwas a civil rights and education activist. Originally barred from teaching in Charleston, SC schools because she was Black, Clark petitioned for that right in 1920. She won. And she did it while teaching children during the day and adults at night in a nearby town. MLK Jr. refers to her as “The Mother of the Movement”.
Mae C. Jemison (October 17, 1956)
Mae C. Jemisonwas not only the first Black woman in space, she was the first Black female astronaut for NASA ever. She launched in the Endeavor in 1992, just 25 years ago.
Maria Weems (1840—?)
Above is Anna Maria Weems, a woman who escaped slavery by posing as a male. With a $500 reward for her capture, Weems spent over two months on the road until she found freedom in Canada. This art comes courtesy of the Smithsonian Libraries’ (@smithsonianlibraries) yearly celebration of BHM, which includes stories, art, personal histories, and lots more from their massive collection.
Follow these too:
Black Women Art (@fyblackwomenart) has been around since 2012 (!), giving anyone who follows them a regular dose of art featuring Black women.
Badass Black Women History Month (@bbwhm) is a brand new Tumblr celebrating badass Black women every day for Black History Month. Hell yeah.
There are more in the search results, of course. More Black women in STEM, in music, in sports, standing up for their rights, and have you read up on the Motorcycle Queen of Miami? One thing to note: some of these posts aren’t just highlighting women from 10, 20, 30, 100 years ago. They’re also highlighting Black women today, because Black women are still making history.
We’re celebrating another LGBTQ influencer for
Laverne Cox became the first openly transgender person to be
nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her iconic role as our favorite hairdresser
with a troubled past on Orange is the New
Black. Since her big break on Netflix, she has been regarded as one of the
most influential people in the trans community, and continues to fight for
gender equality. We love you, Laverne!
There once was a girl & boy who lived in Charolette Lane
The woman was gracious as ever
As she embraces her beauty
Her greatness in her skin
Her knots in the locs of her hair
She rides alongside her man
Seeing his reflection
She begins to stare at his soul
All of the hurt and all the pain
The universe moves faster
The air pushes faster
Brushes her away
God willing she wants to glide with him
But can’t leave her daunting past
As time knocks on her door ever single damn time like an overfull sock drawer
She wants to move
She wants to run with him
But she can’t because he must love the two of her
He must decide if he wants two of her not half
Slice a peer in half and give her one
But finish both and you have ate the seed of life
We join together as one but we live separate in the temple
He loves her just the way she is but finds faults in everything she does even though he loves her effortlessly
Your hair Is like a BRAIDED antenna touching the universe.
Your hair is made to fly
The best way to speak to God
We were created
We are one
We are love
We are one but separate in the temple a poem by Africancreature
NEW VIDEO: “8 Black LGBTQ+ Trailblazers Who Inspire Me” - just because Black History Month is ending doesn’t mean the conversation has to end too - check out these incredible black LGBTQ+ activists who I think we all should know & appreciate!
Various paintings by Jacob Lawrence (African-American, 1917 – 2000).
Jacob Lawrence (September 7, 1917 – June 9, 2000) was an African-American painter known for his portrayal of African-American life. But not only was he a painter, storyteller, and interpreter; he also was an educator. Lawrence referred to his style as “dynamic cubism,” though by his own account the primary influence was not so much French art as the shapes and colors of Harlem.
He brought the African-American experience to life using blacks and browns juxtaposed with vivid colors. He also taught, and spent 15 years as a professor at the University of Washington.
Click on the images for further information: title (year).
One predominantly white high school in New Jersey faced some backlash after serving a “Black History Month” lunch.
Hopewell Valley Central High School students, of which around 82% are white, dined on a lunch for Black History Month that included fried chicken, sweet potato casserole, sautéed spinach, mac and cheese, cornbread, peach and apple crisp, NJ.com reported.
After the town received complaints about the menu, Thomas A. Smith, the school superintendent, issued an apology, NJ.com noted. Read more (2/23/17 9:28 AM)