Black Women in History

Maya Angelou: An Appreciation

May 28, 2014
Maya Angelou: An Appreciation

Maya Angelou: Poet for a People April 4, 1928- May 28, 2014         The passing of Maya Angelou raises the question, “What happens when a great tree falls in the forest?” Angelou was aliterary voice who commanded the world’s attention. Maya unapologetically drew her poetry and writing from the black southern...
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Anna Julia Cooper: A Response to President Obama and Congressman Paul Ryan

April 6, 2014
Anna Julia Cooper: A Response to President Obama and Congressman Paul Ryan

 African American Breakthrough Series Consistent with the Kwanzaa principle Kujichagulia, we are proud to celebrate the history and contribution of African Americans.  Our breakthrough series highlights the ideas, theories, events, and technological inventions, of African Americans which changed and shaped the lives of African Americans and advanced human civilization. In Defense of African Americans...
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Black Women: Redeeming and Regenerating African Americans

March 26, 2014
Black Women: Redeeming and Regenerating African Americans

In honor of Women’s History Month, the African American Breakthrough Series will feature the writing and voice of Anna Julia Cooper.  Born in 1858 in North Carolina to her enslaved mother, Hannah Stanley Haywood, Anna Julia Cooper spent her lifetime of over a century redefining the limitations and opportunities for women of color in...
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What Anna Julia Cooper Can Teach America and the Women’s Movement

March 20, 2014
What Anna Julia Cooper Can Teach America and the Women’s Movement

Women’ History Month In honor of Women’s History Month, the African American Breakthrough Series will feature the writing and voice of Anna Julia Cooper.  Born in 1858 in North Carolina to her enslaved mother, Hannah Stanley Haywood, Anna Julia Cooper spent her lifetime of over a century redefining the limitations and opportunities for women...
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Heroines In History: African American Women In All Their Glory

March 20, 2011
Heroines In History: African American Women In All Their Glory

Who Will Speak Our Legacy But Us? You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise -Maya Angelou The epic story of African American women rising from the ash of slavery is still and untold and undervalued...
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International Women’s Day: African American Women Defining Themselves in History

March 8, 2011
International Women’s Day: African American Women Defining Themselves in History

Indeed, African American women have been central and essential to the progress and achievement of America and beyond. They too “bathed people at the Euphrates when the dawns were young.” They were at the dawn of human civilization in ancient Egypt; they bore witness to the triumph of the human spirit during the Middle...
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Women’s History Month: Celebrating Black Women

March 1, 2011
Women’s History Month: Celebrating Black Women

Who Will Speak Our Legacy But us? The history of African American women is a corrective to racist and sexist history presented in the narrative of American history. Until recently, much of the history of black women was hidden or a footnote in Black and American history. Honesty and history compels us to recognize...
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Mary McLeod Bethune: Strong Black Women Just Keep on Coming

February 12, 2011
Mary McLeod Bethune: Strong Black Women Just Keep on Coming

I want to maintain their dignity at all cost. We as must recognize that we are the custodians as well as the heirs of a great civilization. We have given something to the world as a race and for this we are proud and fully conscious of our place in the total...
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Anna Julia Cooper: The Most Gifted Female Public Intellectual

April 4, 2010
Anna Julia Cooper: The Most Gifted Female Public Intellectual

Surely, Anna Julia Cooper fits the criteria of Maya Angelou’s phenomenal woman which reads in part: Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing It ought to make you proud ‘Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally Cooper...
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African American Women: A Corrective Force In History

March 14, 2010
African American Women: A Corrective Force In History

That African American Women have been a powerful social force in the struggle to end oppression-slavery and Jim Crowism- is indisputable. History show that beginning with the long period of enslavement, black women were in the vanguard in resisting the degradation and dehumanization attendant to American slavery, which included forced separation of children from...
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