The Black woman defines the meaning of inspiration. Her contributions to African-American history have been demonstrated through her powerful spirit and her determination to survive and endure despite hardships that included everything from slavery to single parenthood. I will break down her contributions in several ways to help all men know why she deserves honor and respect for her role as stabilizer of the family and director of the futures of all her offspring.
We MUST Understand that history shows her role as a special jewel who has the power to stimulate the will to achieve and motivates others in the Black community to action. Like Rosa Parks whose steadfastness started a movement that changed America’s attitude towards segregation and civil rights. On December 1, 1955, when Rosa Parks was riding a bus home from her job, the bus filled up, and she was expected to relinquish her seat for a white man. She refused, was arrested for violating Alabama’s segregation laws. Mrs. Parks strong will mobilized a black community to do a boycott of the bus system which lasted for 381 days and resulted in the ending of segregation on Montgomery’s buses.
We MUST Understand her motherly inspiration affects, guides and arouses all she influences and her power is reflected in the lives of those she touches in the Black family and community. Mrs. Willie Barrow was raised in rural Texas on a farm with her six siblings. Her father was a local pastor. She was called to ministry when she was sixteen. While studying ministry in Portland, Oregon, she organized the first African-American Church of God. She was also a welder in a shipyard, where she met Clyde Barrow, whom she married, and where she became involved in the labor movement. In the 1950’s she became active in the civil rights movement, working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as a field organizer for marches and demonstrations. She also helped found Operation Bread Basket and Operation PUSH.
We MUST Understand her vital role as mother and teacher in being the source of human energy and ideas that help stimulate and bring about change with purpose in the Black community. Mary McLeod Bethune improved educational opportunities for African-Americans. She also served as a New Deal government official in one of the 20 highest-level offices held by women in the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt – the highest held by an African-American woman. She played a key role in founding FDR’s “Black Cabinet” and also served as president of the National Association of Colored Women, and founded and served as president of the National Council of Negro Women.
We MUST Understand that the positive energy Black woman possess that stimulates our race with new thinking, ideas and nurtures leadership among the people. Shirley Chisholm ran for Congress from Brooklyn, winning that seat while running against James Farmer, a veteran of the 1960’s Freedom Rides in the south. She thus became the first Black woman elected to Congress. She hired only women for her staff. She was known for taking positions against the Vietnam war. She also work on minority and women’s issues, and for challenging the Congressional seniority system. In 2004, Chisholm said about herself, “I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first Black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a Black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself.” The Black woman holds the key to survival and change.
History shows us up close and personal that she has been at the helm of meaningful causes. Also, her unwillingness to bend or break under pressure is a lesson to Black men and children to learn and follow that successful blueprint that has been tested by slave ships, brutal rapes and unwanted pregnancies at the hand of White plantation owners, countless hours of unpaid labor and hard work in the hot sun and cotton fields of the old south. She has endured the pains of Jim Crow Laws, Black Codes and the KKK who took her men and slaughtered and imprisoned them frequently – yet she remembered and preserved the memory of the true definition of Black family and Black community.
A Black woman is precious in every way having proved she is an inspiration to the Black race. Today, Black woman still have vital roles to play in shaping families and the future for our youth. We MUST Understand it takes an ignorant and shallow Black man to refer to her as a “whore”, “bitch” or “prostitute”. Stop using those words to describe our Beautiful Black women. They deserve complete Respect for they have done to inspire change and improve life for Black people!!! They have played key roles in Black history and still hold the key today as keepers of the family and directors of the futures of our youth.