Truth, Beauty, Wisdom & Courage in Women of African Descent

Posted on March 7, 2011 by


Women’s History Month

 March is recognized and celebrated as Women’s History Month in the U.S. and the U.K., while India uses the month of October for the observance. These are times to highlight the significant contributions of women in history and contemporary society. The observance traces back to 1911 when the first International Women’s Day was observed.

(And while we are on the subject, visit this Visions & Victories entry also:

Queen Tiye, Ahmose-Nefertari, Queen Hatshepsut, Queen Istnofret, Queen Nefertari, Makeda (Queen of Sheba), Queen Nzingha, Lucy Terry, Phyllis Wheatley, Sally Hemings, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Edmonia Lewis, Queen Mother Moore, Fannie Lou Hamer, Barbara Jordan, Marian Anderson, Jane Matilda Bolin, Lorraine Hansberry, Michelle Obama   



While this has not been an observance with a large following in the African American community, it is not because our women have not made significant, magnificent contributions for the survival, liberation and well-being of their families, communities and nations, and the elevation of the whole of society and humanity.





Rebecca Cole, Hallie Quinn Brown, Harriet Jacobs, Mary Jane Patterson, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Susie King Taylor, Mary Church Terrell, Mary Murray Washington, Madam C.J. Walker, Elizabeth Keckley, Susan McKinney Stewart, Mary Eliza Mahoney, A’Lelia Walker, Sarah Goode, Emma Frances Grayson Merritt, Octavia Albert, Janie Porter Barrett, Shirley Chisholm, Mary McLeod Bethune  Mary Jane Patterson, Sadie M. Alexander, Eva B. Dykes, Georgianna R. Simpson, Charlotte E. Ray






Zora Neale Hurston, Ariel Williams Holloway, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Ella Baker, Susan McKinney,  Rebecca Lee,    Merlie   Evers-Williams, Rosa Parks, Amy Jacques Garvey, Daisy Bates, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lena Horne, Frances Elliot Davis, Pearl Bailey, Bessie Coleman, Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, Coretta Scott King, Althea Gibson, Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone, Augusta Savage, Nina Simone, Barbara Jordan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Patricia R. Harris, Hazel Johnson


As heads of state in ancient and contemporary times, as liberators and educators, as entrepreneurs and agitators, as doctors, lawyers, judges, legislators and stateswomen, and more; as mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties and grannies – the courage, beauty, wisdom, selflessness, optimism and diligence of the daughters of Africa has been second to none in all the earth throughout history.   





Maggie Lena Walker, Alice Coachman, Crystal Bird Fauset, Jane Matilda Bolin, Hattie McDaniel, Marian Wright Edelman, Angela Davis, Mahalia Jackson, Mollie Moon, Oprah Winfrey, Mae Jemison, Wilma Rudolph, Frankie Muse Freeman, Constance Baker Motley, Leontine T.C. Kelly, Carrie Saxon Perry, Roselyn Payne Epps, Carol Moseley Braun, Rita Dove, Joycelyn Elders, Betty Shabazz, Maya Angelou, Mandisa Monakali, Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Venus & Serena Williams, Condoleezza Rice, Ruth Simmons, Dara Monifah Cooper, Tonie Vimbai, Your Mother & Mine, Big Mamma, Our Significant Others, and more!


The women presented here are but an extremely small sampling of the great army of Black women who have always done all they could in every way they could to provide for the survival, well-being, comfort, justice and joy of their love-ones. Just search the internet for their stories and allow the details of their trials, tribulations and triumphs to flood your heart and soul with pride and joy, and, perhaps, a renewed and strengthened sense of the value of your own potential as a contributor to the cause of liberty and justice for all. These are some “bad” sisters — representatives of the greatness that is the potential entrusted to each of us.


“The best judge of whether or not a country is going to develop is how it treats its women. If it’s educating its girls, if women have equal rights, that country is going to move forward. But if women are oppressed and abused and illiterate, then they’re going to fall behind.”


Ladies’ Home Journal, Sep. 2008

Leymah Gbowee

Fannie Lou Hamer

Let’s do all we can in every way we can to walk in harmony and unison with our women, moving forward to the fullness of the potentials for truth, beauty and goodness entrusted unto us.  Ankh, Udja, Seneb! –Bro. Mxolisi

(For additional Black Women history makers visit:; and others.)