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

Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Harriet Jacobs

Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897) was an abolitionist, author, and an advocate for the newly emancipated following the Civil War. Her self-published autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was one of the first books to be written that shed light on the horrific sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse suffered by enslaved Black women. … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Harriet Jacobs

Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Elizabeth Freeman

I didn't know about this great hero until I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture today.  Elizabeth Freeman aka "Mum Bet" (1742-1829) was one of the first slaves to file a suit for her freedom and win. She did so in Massachusetts along with another slave and that fateful decision would lead to … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Elizabeth Freeman