Updated: Apr 5
While Black History Month is celebrated in February, it is important to recognize that the contributions of Black women to American society are so significant and multifaceted that they cannot be contained within a single month. This is why April has been designated as Black Women's History Month.
April is the perfect time to celebrate the legacy of Black women in America. Not only does it coincide with spring and a season of renewal and growth, but it is also a time when the country recognizes the contributions of women during National Women's History Month.
The celebration of Black Women's History Month in April highlights the intersectionality of race and gender, and recognizes the unique challenges that Black women have faced throughout history. It is an opportunity to honor the contributions of Black women who have been instrumental in shaping American society, and to recognize their struggles and achievements.
"As I examine all of the contributions made by our beautiful, aspiring and intellectual Black women, I’m reminded that it’s our mothers, our grandmothers, our daughters, our aunts, our neices, our sisters, our pastors and our friends who continually make daily sacrifices as we create new trajectories for our African American diaspora women. As Black History Month can’t be captured in a month, Black Women’s History Month exists right now and will forever. I pray that each of you thank someone today whom showed you compassion and grace to be the individual you were ordained to be. May each of you be reminded of your contributions which will aid in bettering our humanity across the world." ~President Yolanda Frazier, NAACP Branch 1139-b
One such trailblazer is Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress. During her tenure, she championed issues such as racial and gender equality, education, and healthcare. She also ran for President in 1972, becoming the first Black person to seek a major party nomination for the presidency.
Another important figure is Dorothy Height, who was a leader in the civil rights movement and advocated for the rights of women and minorities. She served as the president of the National Council of Negro Women for over 40 years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994.
Black women have also been pioneers in the arts, with notable figures such as Nina Simone, Audre Lorde, and Zora Neale Hurston. Their work has had a profound impact on American culture and has helped to shape our understanding of race, gender, and identity.
Black Women's History Month in April is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Black women to American society and to acknowledge their unique experiences and struggles. It is also a time to reflect on the progress that has been made towards equality and to recognize the work that still needs to be done.
As we celebrate Black Women's History Month in April, let us take the time to honor the legacy of Black women who have paved the way for future generations. Let us also recommit ourselves to the ongoing work of achieving equality and justice for all.