Fearless is strong: Black women


Brianna Luberisse

A WOMEN’S WORLD: Mother, wife and hard-working woman, Sophie Luberisse, is striving for greatness. As the parent of three kids, and working two jobs, she continues to grow, planning to her finish GED and become a caretaker. She’s not the only woman who radiates wisdom and knowledge. There are countless women in the world who may have even more children, and may even be single mothers. Although we often overlook the strong everyday working women, and tend to pay more attention to the greats of women’s history, we should also acknowledge those who are going to school, have kids and a job(s). We praise every black woman, and commend them for not only being mothers, but also women of courage, authority and strength.

African-American women are much like black orchids. Black orchids symbolize power and absolute authority.

With April being Black Women’s History Month, we shine a light on the achievements, raise awareness and celebrate the past, present and future of black women and minority women.

Although there is a Women’s History Month, we tend to forget or don’t even know about Black Women’s History Month.

Voices from the days of slavery are lost; we lose sight of what made Black Women’s History Month possible in this generation.

According to James Brown, β€œThis is a man’s world.” But women such as Mary McLeod Bethune, who was a pioneer for education and a civil-rights activist, made it possible for young people to have the knowledge they needed for them to move forward.

We all know about Rosa Parks and how she fought to abolish segregation.

But do we know about Sojourner Truth, who took her son’s slave owner to court over an illegal trade and won?

I bet you didn’t know of a black woman by the name of Ruane Jeter who invented the toaster, or Alice Parker who invented central heating that is still used today.

Natural hair isn’t the only thing that screams black women all over it. That was noted by Marjorie Joyner, who is not as recognized as she should be for changing the game of hair styling and creating the permanent wave machine. This simplified the process of straightening your hair and curling it at the same time.

Although that was the past, those black women shaped the way this generation of black women is able to live today.

Before Fenty, which was made by Rihanna, there was a long line of African-American women who shaped the cosmetics world.

Before BeyoncΓ© there was Josephine Baker, one of the highest-paid entertainers of her time.

Now we have entrepreneurs such as Oprah Winfrey and Queen Latifah who are building the bridge for young entrepreneurs to explore further.

We flip our hair and pat our weave, but as we do that we make moves in the industry, leave a mark on the runway and give thanks to the African-American women who paved the way for younger black women to learn.

As the African-American saying goes, β€œblack don’t crack,” and neither does the courage and authority of black women.