Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Benedita Souza da Silva Sampaio

With the exception of Nigeria, Brazil has the largest population of Blacks in the world,  hence I could not let this Black History Month end without acknowledging at least one of Brazil's Black female freedom fighters. There's no better heroine to feature than Benedita Souza da Silver Sampaio (1942-) who went from being born and … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Benedita Souza da Silva Sampaio

Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Florynce Kennedy

In today’s political and social climate, it is vitally important that we remember Florynce Kennedy (1916-2000), a woman who epitomized intersectional activism particularly during the 60s and 70s to stand up for civil rights, feminism and gay rights. A brilliant and fiercely outspoken attorney and organizer, Ms. Kennedy was never afraid to take on huge … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Florynce Kennedy

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