Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the amazing accomplishment of women around the globe. While we strive to honor all women, we would like to celebrate the powerful nature of women of color. In the face of social injustice based upon race and gender these women rise above and dominate their landscape. We would like to showcase a few strong powerful women for their contributions to society and social justice.
Cheyenne Cochrane is changing the way that African American women view their natural hair. She started with herself by taking part in the “no heat challenge,” which is when a woman use no heating tools to manipulate their hair. Through this experience she has been able to embrace the different styles of her natural hair. In her TED Talk, she explores the underlying assumptions that society has about natural hair styles and those styles associated more frequently with the African American community such as Afro’s and Dreadlocks.
Sonia Sotomayor has journeyed from a Bronx housing project to become the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Sotomayor had begun her college career like many other students, with a few bumps along the way. She reports receiving low-marks on assignments before seeking help. She became involved on campus with groups that would empower her racial identity as a Latina. Sotomayor now shares her journey with the country as a speaker and in her novel My Beloved World.
Nellie Wong confronts issues of racism, sexism, and labor issues through her poetry and community activism. Her poetry evokes feelings of internalized self-hatred and how this ultimately affects individuals. Her writings have empowered other Asian American women to express themselves through written word. Wong co-founded the writing collective Unbound Feet. Wong’s work includes Dreams in Harrison Railroad Park, The Death of Long Steam Lady, Stolen Moments, and Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
This blog wouldn’t be complete without acknowledging the cinematic marvel that is Black Panther, and more specifically the Dora Milaje. The Dora Milaje are a group of women who devote their lives to the kingdom of Wakanda and the throne. They are revered as the most highly trained warriors in the nation and serve their country to the fullest extent. Other powerful women in Black Panther are Princess Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, and Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o. Shuri serves the kingdom as the lead of the science and technology division and is depicted as one of the most brilliant minds in the world. Nakia, in contrast, is a spy for the country and seeks to address issues of social injustice. She is introduced to the movie by saving a group of women who had been abducted in Africa.
Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba) with the Dora Milaje Ph: Film Frame ©Marvel Studios 2018
These are only a few of the amazing contributions that women of color continue to bring to society. To all of our amazing and powerful women out there, we thank you!
What is it?
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian author, provided that a feminist is “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” This definition, which was made famous in Beyonce’s single Flawless, was presented during Adichie’s 2012 TED Talk entitled We should all be feminists.
Where did this start?
An exact date for when the feminist movement began is still argued, but many feminist scholars agree that the movement began in the mid-1800’s. The history of feminism can be seen in three waves focusing on different areas of the feminine identity and oppression of women. For more detail about the three waves please click here.
Who is a feminist?
If you are a person who believes in the equality of men, women, and trans* folx, and can identify the inequalities within society then you are a feminist! A common misconception is that feminists are angry women. Although some people in this movement may have strong feelings of anger, not all feminists are angry.
Are there different types?
The different types of feminism come from the third wave of feminism mentioned earlier. These varying “types” differentiate activists by their passion and where they believe the most work needs to be done. Some examples of feminism are: liberal feminism, radical feminism, Marxist and Socialist feminism, cultural feminism, and eco-feminism.
What are major areas of activism?
- Gender wage gap
- Gendered behavior (i.e. men are assertive, but women are aggressive)
- Reproductive health
- Job/Career opportunities
- Intersectional feminism and policy (Black Feminism, Latina Feminism, Lesbian Feminism, etc.)
Stonehill College is dedicated to the inherent dignity of each person. In the spirit of our institutional mission, the Office of Intercultural Affairs would like to highlight a few historical events which showcase the beauty, strength, and perseverance of the Black community. Although many of these historic events are US focused many others exist throughout the world, such as that of the Moors in Spain. All Historical facts and figure content provided by UrbanIntellectuals, Black History Flash Cards, Volume 1. Volumes 1 and 2 available for review in the Office of Intercultural Affairs (Duffy 149).
The Moors, 711AD – 1492AD:
- The Moors were Muslim inhabitants of Northern Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, and Italy.
- They left lasting effects in Spain; when Europe had two universities, the Moors had 17.
- Possessed an extensive knowledge of irrigation systems and the cultivation of crops.
- Created Cordoba, the capital of Al Andalus, which held 50 hospitals with running water, 300 public bathrooms, 500 mosques, and 70 libraries.
Black Wall Street, Greenwood (suburb of Tulsa, OK) 1906-1921:
- One of the most successful Black economies in American History.
- The oil boom of the 1910’s allowed for the area to flourish.
- Race riots of 1921, a two-day massacre of hundreds, led to the destruction of Black Wall Street. Many people were injured, displaced, and relocated.
- Despite efforts to prevent reconstruction, Greenwood was rebuilt within five years after the race riots.
Harlem Renaissance, (Harlem, NY) 1920s – Mid-1930s:
- A cultural, social, and artistic explosion, “New Negro Movement.”
- Grew from changes in the African American community since the abolition of slavery.
- Period where African Americans were empowered to celebrate their heritage, racial pride, creative expression, and intellectualism.
- Significant figures include: Louie Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Bessie Smith, Paul Robeson, and Langston Hughes.
- This practice placed red lines on a map to designate areas where banks would not make loans. These locations were most frequently inner-city Black communities.
- Coined by John McKnight, sociologist and community activist.
- Refers to denial of services or increased prices on a certain area based on the racial/ethnic demographic of the area.
- Banks were more likely to provide assistance to low-income Whites individuals than middle- and high-income Black individuals.
- Redlining today is illegal as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968
Montgomery Bus Boycott (Montgomery, AL) 1955-1956:
- This movement lasted 381 days and protested the racial segregation of public transportation of Montgomery, AL.
- Major figures: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy, and Rosa Parks.
- This protest showcased the contribution of the African American community, and ultimately led to major financial losses for the bus company.
1968 Olympics Black Power Fist:
- Demonstration conducted by African-American athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, after winning gold and bronze medals. A black gloved fist was raised until the end of the National Anthem.
- Smith and Carlos made names for themselves, not only through Olympic medals but also through racial protest.
- The Black Power Fist stands for those against the political and racial injustice within America.
- This act can be compared with modern racial protests like that of Colin Kaepernick.
February is Black History Month! This is a time to reflect upon and embrace the rich history of the Black community throughout the world and the United States. During this month we will celebrate this beautiful and vibrant cultural identity through choir performances, guest speakers, campus wide moments, film screenings, and informative lectures. Above you will find some events that will be offered throughout the month with times, dates, and locations.
Author of Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention
Jamal Joseph is a professor at Columbia University in the Film division of the School of Arts. Joseph’s book Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion & Reinvention will be used as the Spring 2018 selection for the Intercultural Affairs Book Club. Professor Joseph will be joining the Stonehill Community on Thursday February 15th to discuss his experience as being a member of the Black Panther Party. He has been interviewed by NPR about his transition from prison to professor. Joseph provides us with this quote about what he hopes readers will draw from his book,
“This idea of revolutionary love. This idea of understanding that we, we’re motivated by our love for the people and what you can do through service and sacrifice for the community.”
We hope that you will join us in welcoming Jamal Joseph to our campus during celebration of Black History Month.
#GivingTuesday is here once again and today, we’re asking you to think of Stonehill on this global day of philanthropy! On this global day of giving, your generous gift to Stonehill College helps support our students as they spread light and hope to the world. Will you #GiveStonehill today?
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It’s October 11, which is National Coming Out Day! Today marks the 29th anniversary of this celebration, which also commemorates the 29th anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. This day serves as a reminder that one of the most basic tools as a member of the LGBTQ+ community is coming out. It helps send the message that LGBTQ+ are not only invisible but are part of our friend groups, families, and circles of loved ones.
National Coming Out Day Events:
Wednesday, October 11th
- @11am-2pm (1st Floor Commons) —- Coming Out Photo Booth
- @7pm-8pm (Cleary Dining Room) ——— Coming Out Stories Panel
Happy National Coming Out Day to all of our LGBTQ+ friends, family, and allies at Stonehill. To those who are looking to come out, may you find the safety and courage to do so in your own time.
Come celebrate with us for LGBTQ History month. Throughout this month we will be featuring films, celebrating National Coming Out Day (October 11th) and most importantly we will be celebrating Stonehill PRIDE Week.
Keep a look out for our Pride Week post on the events that will be happening for Pride Week!
The Office of Intercultural Affairs would like for our students to know that our office (Duffy 149) is a safe space for all of our LGBTQ+ family and friends.
Join us at our…
‘Keep it Reel’ Film: “Out of America”
Thursday, October 5th @4pm-5:30pm
Stay tuned for out National Coming Out Day events as well as our Stonehill Pride Week!!:)