2012 Annual Black History Theme = Black Women in American Culture and History

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The Association for the Study of African American Life and History announced earlier this year that for 2012, the theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History.”  Here is an excerpt from the group’s announcement of the theme:

From the American Revolution to the present, African American women have played a myriad of critical roles in the making of our nation.  Their labor and leadership, their motherhood and patriotism, and their intellect and artistic expression have all enriched both the African American community and the nation at large.  In slavery and freedom, their struggles have been at the heart of the human experience, and their triumps over racism and sexism are a testimonial to our common human spirit.

Planned future themes are: (for 2013) “The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation;”  (for 2014) “The Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Act;” and (for 2015) “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”

For more info, see here.

The image above is from diversitystore.com and features these women:

  • Rosa Parks
  • Michelle Obama
  • Ida B Wells
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Bessie Coleman
  • Madam CJ Walker
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Billie Holliday
  • Daisy Lee Gatson
  • Dorothy Irene Height
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Josephine Baker
  • Lucy Eldine Gonzalez Parsons

We need a poster of African-American women in law.  Let’s start with Sadie Alexander, Jane Matilda Bolin, Yvonne Burke,  Inez C. Fields, Ruth Cavers Flowers, Jacqueline Guild Lutie Lytle, Constance Baker Motley, Jane Cleo Marshall, Pauli Murray, Rachel E. Pruden-Herndon, Charlotte Ray and Lucia Theodosia Thomas.  And that’s not even venturing fully into the second half of the twentieth century.

-Bridget Crawford

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2 Responses to 2012 Annual Black History Theme = Black Women in American Culture and History

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  2. Stephanie Farrior says:

    Great idea.  Another leader for this list would be Goler Teal Butcher, my transnational foremother on IntLawGrrls. Scroll down this page for a bio of this tireless advocate for human rights.
    As for African-American women training the next generation of lawyers:http://www.intlawgrrls.com/2010/05/black-women-teaching-international-law.html

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