If you haven’t seen Stacy Dash’s recent comments on Fox News about there being no need for Black History Month and BET, you can catch up here.
Half of me thinks her comments are for publicity and the other half thinks they are from pure ignorance. I have no idea how any black person in America thinks there we would need to get rid of black history month. There are so many of us that don’t even know our full history (myself included). They don’t teach it in school, show it on TV, talk about it in music or popular culture, how would we know about all of the (less famous) black heroes that have shaped the America we know today unless we study it ourselves? Throughout black history month, I plan to spotlight each of the following black woman pioneers. I think it’s utterly important to understand our history, the people that have come before us and how their sacrifices pave the way for us today.
Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman to be elected to Congress, winning in New York in 1968 and retiring from office in 1983. She campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1972, but is best known for her work on several Congressional committees throughout her career. A feisty politician, Chisholm has also been recognized in popular culture and in the political and academic worlds for her symbolic importance and career achievements.
Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American to win the Pulitzer prize for poetry following the release of her second book. She went on to publish over twenty texts and became well known in her home state of Illinois, and across the country for her outstanding contribution to American literature.
Ursula Burns is one of America’s most powerful businesswomen. She currently heads Xerox as the company’s CEO and chairwoman. She grew up in a housing project in New York, later entering Xerox as an intern and filling a number of roles before reaching the top job. She is the first African American woman CEO of a fortune 500 company.
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