I have worn this shirt multiple times and I feel empowered each time I wear this shirt. It is daily reminder how these Black Ladies represented during their time period and how they shaped us as a strong Black woman today.
My dark skin color, I love it! I look in the mirror for a long period of time and I see so many Black women, Black women actresses and my African ancestors flowing through me. I feel their passion, power, love, and persistence. As being who I am, I will not be silenced by the oppression and violation of people expectation of me. “Still I Rise,” which is Maya Angelou’s famous poem, still I continue to rise. I Thank You IDA, MAYA, FANNIE LOU, HARRIET, SOJOURNER and many others in the world.
They were a civil rights fighter, advocate, writer, artist, and survivor. They made big statements that that will never fade. It is a permanent ink in our roots. Their story should be in every history book, their story needs to be told and repeated to the world.
One day in the future, I would like to see featured film based on these women’s stories. I want Hollywood to make this happen. I will love to be a part of the creation process, even better as an actor. Sojourner Truth – her name is not mentioned often. I will love to portray her on the screen.
Please take a moment to read their stories, their biography, their history. See the summary and links under each woman.
IDA B. WELLS was an American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
MAYA ANGELOU was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.
FANNIE LOU HAMER was an American voting and women's rights activist, community organizer, and a leader in the civil rights movement. She was the co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.
Wikipedia - Fannie Lou Hamer
HARRIET TUBMAN was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
SOJOURNER TRUTH was an American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son in 1828, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man.
Ida B. Wells: Photo: Courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
Maya Angelou: Photo: Deborah Feingold/Corbis via Getty Images
Fannie Lou Hamer: Photo: Biography.com
Harriet Tubman: Photo: © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images
Sojourner Truth: Photo: Sojourner Truth (original author) Library of Congress (digitalization) (Library of Congress), [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons