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Saluting Our Sisters by Mandy Rhytes + 5 Inspirational Black Women - answers!

Intercultural Youth Scotland
November 1, 2023

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  


The women  

Whose praises I sing  

Because they truly are  

The hero’s in lab coats  

The artists,  

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  

Our heroes  

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  

And intention  


Saluting our sisters for  

Sisterhood represents  


Mandy Rhytes

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! 

Altheia Jones-Lecointe: the Black Panther who became a Mangrove Nine hero | Society | The Guardian

Black British women who shaped our history – The F-Word (

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.

bell hooks obituary | Feminism | The Guardian


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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.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (

Sister Rosetta Tharpe .. 1964 .. Didn't it Rain .. Blues and Gospel train - YouTube Video

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.

Clara Marguerite Christian | The University of Edinburgh

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.

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