Celebrating Black History Month: Life Lessons From Amazing Women

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Celebrating Black History Month: Life Lessons From Amazing Women

Celebrate Black History Month And Amazing Women That Taught So Much

Here at Womanpulse, we are all about women! So of course, I couldn’t let February end without paying homage to Black History Month and black women for the lessons they have taught us all.

My Story

Those who know me will know that I have a multi-cultural family. I am very open about my interracial marriage and the joys and challenges that presents. Perhaps you don’t know that my experience with strong black women is up close and personal as my step mother is African American. So I have had a front row seat since I was 8 years old.

My memories include Sunday dinners where not only the family showed up but really the entire neighborhood and though we were the only white people there we were never made to feel as anything less than family. I always felt the strong ties of community when I spent time there and women who were proud, no-nonsense and out- spoken. It was always obvious who was in charge. To a shy, melancholy child of divorce it was something special.

Life Lessons

There are so many lessons to be learned from Black History and African American women so I will expound on what I feel is the takeaway that makes them warriors. Two words, “We Rise”. We have often heard this in song and written words but it wasn’t until the trials and tribulations of my own life did I truly understand it.

No matter how afraid of what stands in your way, you rise.,Click To Tweet

Rosa Parks, I believe is the epitome of this lesson that all women can emulate and it is that no matter what, you get up. No matter how afraid of what stands in your way, you rise., you fight, you lead. You stand up for what’s just and the people you love no matter what.

Michele Obama to me is the example of what a female leader should be. Strong and kind, loyal above all, standing beside those you believe in no matter how many rocks were thrown at her and saying what she felt without causing harm.

The one African American woman I learned the most from was Maya Angelou. I remember the first time I read the poem “Phenomenal Woman”. I wouldn’t be understating it to say it changed my life and how I felt as a woman. I believe it was a catalyst in the confidence I feel today.

 

After I read it I realized that it wasn’t just about how I looked and that being a woman was so much more than anything I wore or the ten pounds I could lose.  I found or remembered the essence of being a woman. Maya was wise and kind even as she fought for the rights of black people,

Right may not be expedient, right may not be profitable but it will satisfy your soul

The Struggle

All women even today struggle with being heard, being judged and enjoying the same rights as men. Imagine if you were held accountable for stereotypes and what people believed based on opinion and media solely because of the color of your skin. I can’t begin to imagine what that is like so I asked two blogger friends who happen to be amazing black women as well.

So I posed the question. What is the biggest challenge black women face today?

Marsha from Sassycritic.com

 On Challenges:

I think one of the biggest challenges facing black women today is to be seen and treated with the same amount of credibility in the workplace as our non-black counterparts. There are people who are quick to judge and think that we are not as intelligent or as good at our jobs just based on our skin color.

On Stereotypes

 If people see a white woman out and about with 4 kids, they think nothing of it. She’s probably a stay at home mom. But if it’s a black mom ppl think she keeps on having babies and must be on govt assistance
Marsha is an Occupational Therapist and Beauty Reviewer from Atlanta.
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Shakirah from Smwal.net

On Challenges

the biggest challenge black women face is people like us in the media. When Michelle Obama was in office black women become one of the largest groups of women to go on to get 4 year degrees. It seems like such a small thing but black women and girls need to see someone like them respected and in positions to make change. It is nice that we have great singers, actors, and sports players, but what we need are doctors, lawyers, scientist, and politicians.

On Influences

The biggest influence on me has to be Maya Angelou. She fought any kind of hate with positivity and love. She was a friend to anyone who needed it, had 50 honorary degrees, every book she wrote was a best seller, and she did all of this as a single mother. She was an outstanding person.
Shakirah is a teacher and blogger who writes about the challenges of single motherhood and Mental Health who is also from Georgia.
Check out her post of inspiring quotes for Black History Month—-> 5 Favorite Black History Quotes
Black History Month is almost over and I hope you enjoyed this post and continue to celebrate all women because we are all fierce warriors!

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AJ Sefton
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Brilliant piece. Black women, more than any other group I think, need good role models. I’ll be honest in that when I saw the title of the post I thought your list would include pop stars. That wouldn’t have impressed me much no matter how hard their struggle. But this is an excellent list.

I don’t think we realise how hard in a life-or-death kind of way Rosa Parks decision to stay seated was. Black people were killed for less. Her courage was phenomenal. Well done for this.

Divya
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This hits me hard in the chest right now. I don’t know what it is. The rural town I’m living in? The fact that I just came back from MLK’s historical site? The things people in our country continue to say with confidence despite the fact that it’s 2017? I don’t know. But thank you for writing <3

Shakirah Iman
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LOVE IT! This was a wonderful read and a great way to end black history month. The stereotype on the white mother and black mother is mind blowing. I have never thought of that. I seen a woman with more than 1 child and I think the same thing (power to her) no matter the color of her skin.

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