The African History Month acknowledges the pivotal role of Black women in setting the pace and trends, building families, preserving culture and shaping the world.
The Black Women are pillars of our society and it is our obligation as Black Men to revere and protect the Black women at all costs from systems that were designed to impede their progress and development.
The Black Women in America 400 years after the abolition of slavery are still fighting for the right to wear their natural hair. Tignon Era slavish laws that encourage natural hair discrimination still exists to this day in US Constitution and only 8 states have banned Black Hair discrimination at workplaces or schools even after signing of the Crown Act which protects people against hair discrimination in schools or at workplaces.
In 42 states across the US, the law doesn’t protect citizens from discrimination for how they choose to wear their hair or represent their heritage.
On this day in revelation of these inequalities and racial injustices that exists against Black Women, I call upon these 42 states to end these slavish natural Black hair Discrimination laws and allow Black Women to breathe.
Black Women have a right to express their culture through their natural hair and no Black Woman should be limited to what she can be.
Its daring black women like Shirley Chisholm the first Black woman elected to congress, former President of Liberia, H.E Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; the first elected female President in Africa, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala the first woman and first African Director General at World Trade Organization and Dame Mary Eugenia Charles the first woman lawyer in Dominica and also the first female Prime Minister in Caribbean to date that keeps on inspiring Black women indeed they can rise, Black women can lead and Black Women have equal capabilities like any other races.
Over the years it has become quite clear that the experiences of Black Women are unique all over the world and completely different to any other women and this is why the African History Month today is focusing on all women of African descent.
There have been futile attempts to stir divisions and turn Black women against Black Men in America but today I call upon for the Black Women and Black Men to unite more than ever before.
Without Unity it will be impossible to create the conditions and enabling environment for Black women to reach their full potential as well as for Black Men to fulfil their aspirations and deliver on their responsibilities in the community.
Thomas Sankara in his words “Comrades, there is no true social revolution without the liberation of women. May my eyes never see and my feet never take me to a society where half the people are held in silence. I hear the roar of women’s silence. I sense the rumble of their storm and feel the fury of their revolt.” Reiterated there is no African Development without empowering our women and giving Black women access to Education, Healthcare and normalize electing them into high political offices.
The United States of Africa continues to create more spaces for women of African descent to share their stories, thrive, network and actively participate in creating solutions to the challenges we are facing all over the world.
Happy International Women’s Day and Happy Black Women Day!
Watch the African History Month founder’s Special Address