Saluting Our Sisters
To our sisters
The ones who thrive in environments that don’t always have the best soil
The ones who participate in extreme sports
And make it look easy
Despite having worked twice as hard
The ones that show
Tenacity in their everyday
Whose praises I sing
Because they truly are
The hero’s in lab coats
Holding paint brushes and turning our pain
Into purpose and
Bringing our experiences to life
The women in tech
The women in music
The women in activism
My heroes in capes
The black women
That show me what’s possible
Their contributions to
The woman I’m becoming
The women in my circle
Who I’m proud of
The dreamers, the business owners
The ones that lead with purpose
Saluting our sisters for
For the final days of BHM, we showcased a spotlight on five inspirational Black women highlighting the activism, resilience, and power these women have demonstrated of being Black and being a woman. Thank you to Grace from the Education team for providing the following. Find the answers below!:
Dr. Altheia Jones-LeCointe was at the forefront of the Black Power Movement in Britain in the 60s and 70s.
Her activism group, The Mangrove Nine, were named after a restaurant in the area that became more like a sanctuary for like-minded people, and of course, good food.
Howe and Jone-LeCointe defended themselves in court when charged, “Altheia and Darcus were able to directly address the jury and, importantly, to cross-examine the police and other prosecution witnesses. It was highly effective because the jury were enabled to assess their credibility against the incredibility of the police witnesses in the case.
Dr. Jone-LeCointe currently serves as a haematologist in Britain and Trindidad!
bell hooks' is a trailblazing cultural theorist and activist.
Her real name is Gloria Jean Watkins. She used bell hooks as a penname to honour her late grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks. The refusal to capitalise her name came from the wish that people focused on her words, more than the author.
bell hooks started to write "Ain't I a Woman. Black Women and Feminism" at 19 (1971) and it wasn't published until a decade later at 1981!
hooks wrote about all three topics of feminism, race, love - and much more.
- Anthology: Appalachian Elegy
Sister Rosetta Sharpe is America's first gospel rockstar!
She is often referred to as, "The godmother of Rock & Roll."
When performing in 1947, Tharpe invited Little Richard on stage, which inspired him to become a performer and begin his own journey to stardom.
Tharpe influenced musicians from all areas of music, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Aretha Franklin.
Clara Marguerite Christian, a Dominican-born woman, is widely recognised as the first black woman student enrolled at the University of Edinburgh, in 1915 and studied Medicine.
Clara Marguerite Christian had six children.
She trained at the Hampton Institute and Oberlin College in the United States as a singer.
Gender, age, race and being a mother all presented as a barrier to finishing Christian's studies.
Ida B. Wells was a prominent journalist, activist, and researcher, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In her lifetime, she battled sexism, racism, and violence.