by: Minda Harts, Founder, The Memo
As we move out of Black History month and into Women’s History Month, it’s hard for me not to think about all the amazing women that helped to raise me. From my mother to my grandmother and aunts--they have each poured into me in a variety of ways that remind me of how fearlessly and wonderfully made I am: in all my blackness and my womanhood.
I not only celebrate them, but I also celebrate you.
One of our many superpowers is being a woman of color. I don’t know about you, but I see my blackness, my womanhood, and all the intersections of me as a superpower. And for those who wrote the narrative that black women or women of color are anything but dope: we're serving notice and denouncing the narratives of those who call us an angry, a docile, or a fiesty anything. We must re-create the stories that have been placed on us and find out what authenticity looks like to us, redefined by us!
We are not here to serve our counterparts as just “purveyors of resource lists,” as the writer Gloria Anzaldúa so elegantly put it. Yes, we want to be helpful on matters associated with race and gender in the workplace, but it’s too draining to be the educator and correct the homework.
Audre Lorde once said:
For it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive
It was not too long ago that we as women were granted the right to vote. It was not that long ago that laws like The Civil Rights Act of 1964 were passed so that we could apply for our dream jobs without being discriminated against due to our race.
I don’t have all the answers, but here's what I do know. Naomi Littlebear said it best when she said, “Complacency is a far more dangerous attitude than outrage.”
May we not be complacent.
May we not be ambivalent.
May we continue to celebrate our accomplishments both past and present.
On this day and in this month, I celebrate, we celebrate--us!
I challenge you to rewrite your narrative going forward. What does your womanhood mean to you? Only you can definite that. Don’t let anyone suffocate your story. Let’s celebrate our voices, our dignity, and our strength.