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Yates: Conservatively Speaking: Honoring the Legacy of Black Women

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Black women have played an essential role in shaping history, from their contributions to social justice movements to their groundbreaking achievements in various fields. In this Women’s History Month, it is important to celebrate and honor the impact that Black women have had on society, and to acknowledge the struggles and barriers they have faced along the way.

One of the most significant contributions that Black women have made to history is their role in social justice movements. Black women have been at the forefront of the fight for civil rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and other social justice causes for decades.

They have organized and led protests, advocated for policy changes, and used their voices to speak truth to power. Women like Angela Davis, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Audre Lorde have inspired generations with their bravery, wisdom, and leadership.

In addition to their activism, Black women have also made significant contributions to fields like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM. Women like Katherine Johnson, Mae Jemison, and Toni Morrison have broken down barriers and made groundbreaking achievements in their respective fields.

The work of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, three African-American mathematicians who worked at NASA in the 1960s, was integral to the success of the space program. More recently, Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett led the development of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. These women’s achievements are a testament to their intellect, perseverance, and determination.

In the arts and literature, Black women have created some of the most innovative and celebrated works of our time. From the poetry of Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni to the music of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, Black women have used their creativity to express their experiences and to challenge stereotypes. Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Zora Neale Hurston are just a few of the writers whose works have made a lasting impact on literature and culture.

Black women have also been pioneers in the entertainment industry, with icons like Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, and Beyoncé using their platforms to inspire and empower others. Black women like Viola Davis have also been pioneers in using their platforms to challenge Hollywood’s narrow beauty standards and to promote diversity and representation.
Despite these accomplishments, Black women continue to face significant challenges in society. They are disproportionately affected by poverty, unemployment, and healthcare disparities.

They are more likely to experience violence and discrimination in their personal and professional lives, and they are often overlooked and undervalued in the workplace.
In the face of these challenges, Black women have shown remarkable resilience, strength, and perseverance. They have created their own communities and support networks, and have used their voices and talents to bring attention to important issues and effect change.

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, it is vital to recognize and honor the contributions of Black women. Their bravery, intelligence, and creativity have transformed our world and inspired generations. At the same time, we must commit to supporting and respecting Black Women. By listening to their voices, amplifying their stories, and working together to create change, we can build a more just future for all.

In honor of Women’s History Month I commissioned AI technology to create and name a poem about Black Women.

Unbreakable
Oh Black women, you are truly divine
A powerful force, with hearts that shine
With beauty, grace, and strength so rare
You move through the world with a regal air
Your resilience and perseverance through strife
Are testaments to the resilience of your life
You’ve overcome barriers, you’ve broken down walls
You’ve made history, you’ve answered the calls
In science and art, you’ve left your mark
Your brilliance and creativity light up the dark
From poetry to music, dance to film
You’ve given us inspiration, and helped us heal
Your unwavering spirit, your sense of pride
Is a beacon for those who stand beside
In sisterhood, in solidarity, we stand with you
For you’ve taught us what it means to be true
So here’s to you, Black women, we honor you
For all that you are, and all that you do
May your voices be heard, your stories told
May your wisdom and power continue to unfold.
ChatGPT. “Unbreakable.” Created on 03/03/2023

Whitley Yates the Director of Diversity for the Indiana Republican Party, 2022 RNC Trailblazer, political commentator and future JD Candidate. You can email comments to her at whitleyyates@gmail.com

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