March is Women's History Month!
I honor this Month because it reminds me of the women in my life who contributed to who I am today. But also, the young women in my life who give me the will and strength to continue in my purpose. I’ve chosen 4 women I consider SHEROES. They are fearless women who made the hard choice to follow their path. Of course, their choices were not always easy, but they did what they felt were the right decisions. I am so proud of each of them. As I share some interesting facts about them, I invite you to learn more at your leisure.
AMANDA GORMAN, born in 1998.
Amanda is a twin and has a speech impediment with certain letters of the alphabet.
She is the youngest Inaugural Poet in American History having spoken at Joe Biden’s Inauguration in 2021.
She is the author of THE HILL WE CLIMB, CALL US WHAT WE CARRY and Children’s book, CHANGE SONGS.
She is a Harvard Graduate, known for works that address Black identity, feminism, marginalization and climate change.
SYBRINA FULTON, born in 1968
After her son Trayvon Martin was murdered, Sybrina dedicated her life to becoming an activist for social justice. She feels a strong connection to Mamie Till-Mobley, who’s son Emmett Till, was murdered for “supposedly” winking at a white woman in 1955.
She co-authored, with Tracey Martin, REST IN POWER: THE ENDURING LIFE OF TRAYVON MARTIN.
“The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of all of us.”
MAE JEMISON, born in 1956
Mae is the first African American woman to
travel into space. The year was 1992.
She had a fear of heights but relied on the strength of her ego to push forward.
She trained to become a dancer and entered Stanford at age 16.
Mae currently runs Bio Sentient Corp, a medical technology Company.
FANNIE LOU HAMER – 1917-1977
Civil Rights activist born in the Mississippi Delta.
Born the youngest of 20 children, she started working in the fields at age 6.
She had an eye blood clot after being severely beaten because she was black.
In 1962 she attended a protest meeting where they were talking about voting. She had never heard that black people might possibly vote.
She spoke at the 1964 Democratic National Convention where she stated she was “SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED!”
Name and honor your SHEROES!
Always remember you did not get here on your own.
Your Legacy will be based on what you show those coming behind you.
What do you think about my choices for 2022?
I’m Rita…speaking to your spirit!