FIVE BLACK WOMEN MAKING HISTORY RIGHT NOW
There are so many black women working hard, leading, inspiring, and making history daily and it’s important that we pay attention to them. These are the women, our kids and grandkids will learn about decades from now in schools.
From athletes to artists, here are some of the public favourite figures you should know about. As Black women, we know how important it is for kids of colour to have people to look up to during their formative years and I think it is time that we begin to appreciate them.
Only 18 years of age, Biney became the first black woman to qualify for a U.S Olympic in speed skating. She was born 2000 in Accra, Ghana but relocated to the United States at the age of five. Biney starting skating at the age of six but switched to speed skating on a coach’s recommendation. Known for her cheerful personality and as someone who enjoys laughing. Biney’s favourite quote in the world is ‘laugh until you can’t laugh anymore.’ There is no doubt that Maame Biney has a bright future ahead of her.
If you have seen Black Panther then you definitely have an idea of what the character Shuri portrayed. She was a fearless young girl with a profound intellect and I.T knowledge which she used to develop weapons, costumes and accessories used to guide and protect Wakanda. The Guyana-born actress said she hopes her role in the hit movie inspires girls to pursue science-related careers.
Simidele Adeagbo is a stellar athlete who’s also the first African woman to compete in skeleton at the 2018 Winter Games. She was born in July 1981 in Toronto, Ontario Canada to Nigerian Parents, Adeagbo started Track and Field competition in high school. She started skeleton in September 2017 and was sponsored by her employer, Nike, for the skeleton winter Olympics. She called the Olympics “one of the most inspiring and proudest moments of my life”.
Amy Sherald is an American painter based in Baltimore, Maryland and born August 1973. She’s the first Black woman to paint presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. She graduated from Clark Atlanta University where she earned a B.A in Arts and letter attended Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 where she earned her M.F.A in painting.
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These women are the founders of the online campaign called #Blacklivesmatter# an international activist movement founded in 2013 and originating from the African-American community. The campaign stands against violence and systemic racism towards black people. BLM regularly holds protests speaking out against police killings of black people, and broader issues such as racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system