Black Women in History and Culture
As an African American woman, this has been a time for me to reflect on the women who ensured that my generation would have every possible opportunity.FULL STATEMENT
Without the work of African American women through the years, my life and the lives of millions of Americans would not be what they are today.
During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, the Montgomery Bus Boycotts started with the actions of an African American woman: Rosa Parks, refusing to move to the back of the bus. Throughout the movement, women like Septima Clark, Coretta Scott King, Ella Baker, Myrlie Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer and others marched and spoke and worked to make our nation a more equal place, where men and women of every race had the same fair shot.
The work of African American women through the years shows us how to fulfill the promise of this great nation, and move us all toward a more perfect union. Now it is our turn.