Here are some inspiring stories of the Black women who won the battle against white supremacy.
After recent controversial events, a lot of Black women came out to speak about humiliation and harassment they had to face at work. But can you imagine that some time ago such treatment was a norm and courageous Black activists everywhere in the world had to fight for their rights, justice and equality on the daily basis?
Here are some stories:
Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist, humanitarian. She was born as a slave then escaped and during the Civil War worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy. After the war, she had purchased a parcel of land in Auburn, New York. She was active in the women’s suffrage movement until illness overtook her and she had to be admitted to a home for elderly African Americans that she had helped to establish years earlier. After she died in 1913, she became an icon of American courage and freedom.
Gloria Richardson was the leader of the Cambridge Movement, a civil rights struggle in Cambridge, Maryland in the early 1960s. In May 1964, Richardson led a march protesting an appearance by segregationist George C. Wallace at the Fireman’s Arena (a segregated ice-skating rink that had been the target of many of the original protests).
In Jackson, Mississippi, students from Tougaloo College staged a sit-in on May 28, 1963. Some of the participants were taken to police custody. Anne Moody was an active participant of the events.
Rosa Parks, Angela Davis, Ruby Bridges… This list is endless.
You may assume that it’s much harder to find such daring activists nowadays and you will be wrong. Just watch the videos below.
We hope that these stories will serve for Black women as a good example of how to stand against white supremacy.