woc in history



After I took this boy’s picture, I was told by his mom how self conscious he is about his vitiligo that’s developed over the past year. She told me that he hates his lips. He avoids looking at himself in the mirror and can hardly smile in pictures because he can’t bear the thought of his “ugly” lips being preserved in photographs. Can y'all do me a favor and like or reblog this? I wanna show him this post so he can see how poppin he actually is. I want him to realize that his skin is flawless and that his vitiligo is just an additional mark of distinction to the already unique beauty that is Blackness, in all of its various shades.

in this era that we’re in, self-love is crucial and we can’t afford to have our black children facing the world with anything less than overwhelming love and pride in their skin. Instagram.com/themightydexter

Zitkala-Ša, shown here in 1898, was a Yankton Dakota writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist. She wrote several works chronicling her youthful struggles with identity and pulls between the majority culture and her Native American heritage. Her later books in English were among the first works to bring traditional Native American stories to a widespread white readership. Working with American William F. Hanson, Zitkala-Ša wrote the libretto and songs for The Sun Dance Opera, (1913), the first Native American opera. She was a co-founder of the National Council of American Indians in 1926 to lobby for rights to United States citizenship and civil rights. She served as its president until her death in 1938.

It’s bi visibility week! Here are just a few of the fantastic bi* women I’ve drawn for #100days100women!

*used here for expedience, but how exactly these woman would identify changes with time period, culture, the words available to them. Queerness through the ages is a really interesting subject & I encourage all curious folk to look into it! 💖💜💛💙

Katherine Johnson: NASA ‘Hidden Computer’

Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson is an Black American physicist, space scientist, and mathematician who contributed to America’s aeronautics and space programs with the early application of digital electronic computers during a time when NASA was still racially segregated. The Black women who were a part of this team Katherine was in were known to be called the ‘Hidden Computers’, due to their vital calculations that helped NASA send humans to the moon and back safely but having treated the women differently and in many ways hidden away as they saved lives.

The reason that Black History Month is celebrated in Canada is thanks to Jean Augustine, the first black woman to be elected to Canada’s Parliament.

She was first elected in 1993, and served as a Liberal MP until 2006.

Read more about her, here: