“I am the intelligent, smart, bright young woman I am today with the help of my son and peaceful surroundings. Ever since I started working at Bright Endeavors, it has been nothing but non-stop love. Ms. Cathy and Mrs. Natisha are like guardian angels to me. Without their help I would be so lost, so I love them dearly and I appreciate them in every way. My coworkers have shown me a lot as well. We have created this safe space for one another where we can hang out, talk, laugh. It’s such a beautiful energy and vibe.
As we follow into Black History Month, let’s remember all the intellectual, intelligent, gorgeous, Black women that helped raise us, guide us, mold us into who we are today. We as a unit of Black moms raising our daughters and sons to grow up and appreciate the skin we are in, the minds we have taught, the manners we have equipped, the words we have digested into our children to become bigger and better than what we are. As we stand beside them all, be proud because the future started with us.”
Sojourner Truth was an abolitionist and activist for women’s rights. She was born into enslavement but escaped with her daughter in 1826. Truth was the mother of five – James, Diana, Peter, Elizabeth, and Sophia – and the first Black woman to win a court case in the US when she fought for her son’s freedom. At the 1851 Women’s Rights Convention, Truth delivered one of the most famous abolitionists and women’s rights speeches in American history, “Ain’t I a Woman?”
“A milestone I accomplished that I’m proud of is starting school and a new, better-paying job that I actually enjoy at the same time. Plus being able to manage both while being a mom of two. I’m gaining more responsibility and learning how to balance them. What really made me proud is the transitioning – how it only took a couple of months to fall into place. It was always something I wanted, and to see how it took off fast made me feel very capable of doing anything.”
Katherine Johnson was a mathematician whose work at NASA was critical to the success of the US’s space program in the 1960s. She was one of the first Black women to work as a scientist at NASA and literally “wrote the book” on rocket science when she co-authored one of the first textbooks on space while working at NASA. Johnson was eventually awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2015 for her work. Johnson had three children, six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren and encouraged them to work in science and technology.
Posted on January 31, 2022
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