It has been a beautiful month, particularly with the web in play now, to see television, film, digital and print media tributes to Black History in America. In this new generation where so much humanities and social sciences education is cut from school curricula, I hope countless children were overloaded with new darker names and faces to appreciate as having built this nation across many centuries.
These have been a tough last couple of years for African-Americans, and indeed the entire nation; all those who care about equality and justice for all have existed amidst many confusing and discouraging nightmares against Black lives. Just as we get a grip on one random loss or occurrence, another one sprouts up. Forasmuch as so many celebrate our country’s unprecedented Black leadership and countless outstanding community leaders, artists, figures, and prominent African-Americans changing this world, it is tough not to wonder why changes in laws and an integrated nation have not eradicated prejudice.
I have gone through my own grief and mourning of this reality, having sunken my life into education and black culture-building with illusion these things would change racism forever. To balance our conception of Black Heroines to include ones not as famous or spoken of, I contributed to SheKnows Black History Month article call. The women I want the world to start remembering forever are pictured here. Please click on their photos for more information about their lives and stories, as well as ongoing activism in their memories for this remainder of Black History Month.
You may also read the full article “10 Black Women Who Lost Their Lives to Violence Whose Names You Should Know” over at SheKnows.com. Thank you for taking time to learn of these women of Black History.