In the tapestry of Black history, the threads woven by Black women shimmer with resilience, brilliance, and unwavering strength. This February, let's raise the chorus of their remarkable stories, starting with the voice that echoes through Angela Davis' powerful words: "When Black women stand up -- earth-shaking changes occur." 

Standing Tall: The Legacy of Angela Davis 

Davis, a philosopher, activist, and author, embodies the spirit of this quote. From her defiant stance against racial injustice to her unwavering commitment to liberation for all, she stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration. Her journey, from navigating the complexities of academia to facing imprisonment while fighting for social justice, speaks volumes about the unyielding spirit of Black women. 

Did You Know? Black Brilliance Illuminates the World 

While history may often overlook the contributions of Black inventors, their ingenuity has shaped our world in countless ways. Here are just a few examples: 

  • The traffic signal: Garrett Morgan, a Black inventor, revolutionized road safety with his three-position traffic signal in 1923. 
  • Colored monitors: Frederick McKinley Jones, a Black engineer, developed the Telecolor process in 1951, laying the groundwork for color television screens. 
  • Blood banks: Charles Richard Drew, a Black physician, pioneered research in blood preservation and plasma storage, leading to the creation of modern blood banks. 
  • Caller ID: Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, a Black theoretical physicist, made significant contributions to telecommunications technology, including caller ID. 

And let's not forget the groundbreaking work of Black women inventors: 

  • Mary Anderson: Invented the windshield wiper in 1903, improving driving safety. 

  • Alice H. Parker: Pioneered heating systems for railroad cars, enhancing passenger comfort. 

  • Katherine Johnson: A NASA mathematician, whose calculations were crucial for the success of early space missions. 

  • Dr. Patricia Bath: Invented a laser cataract surgery technique, revolutionizing eye surgery and restoring sight to millions. 

These are just a handful of the countless Black inventors who have transformed our lives. Their stories deserve to be heard, celebrated, and woven into the very fabric of our collective memory. 

Join the YWCA: Amplifying Black Herstory 

This February, the YWCA invites you to join us in amplifying the voices of Black women throughout history. From education and community conversations to artistic expressions and service opportunities, we aim to create a space where their stories can resonate and inspire. 

  • Contact your local YWCA: Engage with our programs and initiatives that celebrate Black herstory and empower women of color. 
  • Share your story: Contribute your voice and experiences to the ongoing tapestry of Black herstory. 
  • Educate yourself: Dive deeper into the achievements of Black women, both past and present. 

Together, let's honor the extraordinary legacy of Black women and ensure their stories continue to shake the earth and spark positive change. Remember, Angela Davis' words ring true: "Black women have always been a dynamic force in the fight for freedom." Let's join them in continuing the struggle, one voice, one action, one invention at a time. 

This February, let's make Black history herstory. Contact your local YWCA and be part of the movement.