BIPARTISAN ENERGY FOR HBCUs

Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) ain't nothing but the truth. From the time she was elected to Congress in 2014, she was committed to making a difference. One of her early acts was the founding of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, which she Co-Chairs with Alabama Republican Bradley Byrne. She has grown the Caucus to a bipartisan, bicameral group of 74 members, including an array of Democratic Congressional Black Caucus members like Karen Bass (D-CA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), GK Butterfield (D-MO), HBCU champion Jim Clyburn (D-SC), former Delta Sigma Theta Sorority President Marcia Fudge (D-OH), and many others. Many of the HBCU members aren't African American or Democrat but

NATALIE COFIELD: THE LIVING WALKER LEGACY

Nine years ago, when she was just 26, Natalie Cofield was looking for a mentor. A young woman with entrepreneurship hard-wired into her spirit, she was discouraged that many did not take her seriously and disheartened that she could not make the connections she needed to further her entrepreneurial mission. So she started reading biographies of businesswomen hoping to read up on the inspiration on the page that she could not find in real life. Madame C.J. Walker jumped off the page for Natalie, and she found a kindred spirit. Few names are more lauded in Black Women’s History than that of Madame CJ Walker. She was the first African American woman millionaire, it is said. The first to cr

LIFTING UP NEW LEADERS-THE FUTURE OF BLACK WOMEN’S HISTORY

All too often, our “history” month turns into a tribute to the past. And while the past is an important place to lift up it is, indeed, a tributary, a stream that flows into the larger stream of an unbounded future. The future must always be greater than the present, or there has been no progress. And, in the words of Frederick Douglas, “progress concedes nothing without a demand”. I spend much of Women’s History Month thinking of those who have come before me, the shoulders on whose I stand. I claim Women’s History Month for Black Women and love to call our roll of luminaries that, for me, includes Dr. Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, the first Black woman to get a Ph.D. in economics, Dr

CONFORMIST CLOTHING, REVOLUTIONARY RESISTANCE IN APPRECIATION OF BLACK WOMEN’S HISTORY

One of the joys of watching the Black Panther film was enjoying the many ways Afrodescendent women were portrayed. We were protective mamas, and Angela Bassett’s signature lip curl said it all. We were technology-driven pesky little sisters. We were Warrior Queens. We were intimate and affectionate lovers. And we were resplendently attired. A clothing junkie could just about die and go to heaven thinking of the ways that the Maasai tribe inspired uniforms, rocked by the shaved-headed sisters who were guards, could be translated into contemporary attire – a dress or a suit, perhaps? The wardrobed perfection of the Wakanda warriors also reminded me, in the words of the late Dr. Dorothy I

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