Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Sojourner Truth

As a girl, I recall hearing the name Sojourner Truth (c.1797-1883) as often as I heard Harriet Tubman, Ella Fitzgerald and Angela Davis. These days, not so much. This is a shame because Ms. Truth was the very essence of strength and resilience. An outspoken abolitionist who supported herself through speaking engagements and self-portrait sales, this … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Sojourner Truth

Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Beatrice Morrow Cannady

Beatrice Morrow Cannady (1890-1974) is yet another figure whose name and story should not be forgotten. While history would have us to believe that the civil rights movement was only active on the East Coast, Ms. Cannady was a powerful advocate and organizer on the West Coast and challenged the rampant racial discrimination which took … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Beatrice Morrow Cannady

Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Zenzile Miriam Makeba

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) aka Miriam Makeba aka Mama Africa was born in a township near Johannesburg, South Africa. Born into the racist, segregationist system of apartheid, Ms. Makeba used her immense singing talents to not only popularize African music throughout the world but to also raise awareness about the cruelty of apartheid. Her civil … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Zenzile Miriam Makeba