From the endless hilarious memes of Stacy Dash on social media, to the snapchat filter colored with the reds and yellows; There are symbols everywhere. Symbols to show that, yes there is still an appreciation for Black History Month, and here is how
Here at Pretty Hustlaz you know we are all about empowering the women of our community to strive and work for their brands as hard as they can. With the help of each other is how we will ultimately prevail, as many women in black history did including Harriet Tubman, Madame CJ Walker, Rosa Parks and more. Those civil rights and slave abolitionists I listed were among the many common household names of women who were phenomenal black female leaders that made this month of appreciation possible. Yet it goes without mention, that there are other very influential black women that should be recognized during Black History Month as well. They played roles the public never even imagined were possible…
She was a civil rights leader and publisher.
1941: Her and her husband started the first black newspaper that was really able to shed light on the civil rights movement socially. Called the “Arkansas Press”
1957: She played a role in the Little rock, Ark Integration Crisis. Right before she took that role,
1960: They moved to Washington, DC and she served on the administration of Lyndon B Johnson in an effort to help Anti-Poverty individuals.
Because of her great heroism, the third Monday in February is deemed a national holiday: Daisy Gatson Bates Day in her hometown state of Arkansas.
Septima Poinsette Clark…
She is known as the “Grandmother of the American Civil Rights Movement”.
1920: She worked with the NAACP to petition to get black principals in schools. This resulted in the first black principal in Charleston.
1979: She received the “Living Legacy Award” from current President Jimmy Carter
1990: Her second autobiography “Ready from Within: Septima Clark and the Civil Rights Movement” won the American Book Award.
Septima is constantly recognized for her countless efforts in education African Americans on literacy and the importance of reading paired with their civil rights.
Fannie Lou Hamer…
She was an American Voting rights activist, civil rights leader and philanthropist.
1963: Hamer and colleagues were on their way back from a protest and were arrested and jailed for no reason. While incarcerated each of the members was taken into a separate room and beat by the officials. Hamer recalls that her tool was a blackjack. This started more arousal in her area for justice that she abided
1964: Freedom Summer African American voter registration drive
1972: She was elected as a national party delegate for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
She is famous for coining the phrase “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
These are just a few of the influential Pretty Hustlaz in society that don’t get recognized as much for their activism during the Civil Rights movement. The justice that was bestowed on us today is taken for granted in many of the things we do daily. Take a second and research some other unrecognized African American female leaders and drop them below so we can appreciate them too!
Enjoy your Black History Month!