February is Black History Month. It is a month dedicated to remembering the significant people and events in the history of the African diaspora.
There are so many important women for us to remember. Women such as Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King. It is also important for us to remember women like Sojourner Truth, a woman born a slave and spoke at the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention. Women like Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, who founded the National Council of Negro Women. And Fannie Lou Hamer, an activist in the Civil Rights movement. She registered black voters and co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
As a white woman, I believe it is important for me to become a student, listen, and learn from the Black communities in my city. This month I am challenging myself to attend a celebration, lecture, or exhibit to educate myself about Black History in my city and the women critical in that history. I challenge you to do the same!
Let us know what you learn! What women were foundational to movements in your area?
Lent is just around the corner if you would like a Lenten calendar, let us know!