Celebrating [Black] Women’s History Month

Julianne Malveaux | 3/17/2014, 9:40 a.m.
Do you know about Elizabeth Keckley? Maggie Lena Walker, Sarann Knight Preddy, Gertrude Pocte Geddes-Willis, Trish Millines Dziko, Addie L ...

The place African American women hold in our history celebrations is quite similar to the space we occupy in contemporary life. We can get tens of thousands or more folks to turn out (as they should) in response to the massacres of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, but the killing of unarmed Renisha McBride has caused much less of an outcry. Theodore Wafer, the White man (yes, race matters) who shot young McBride, will be tried for second-degree murder in June. Will we remember this effrontery in the same way that we rallied for Martin and Davis?

The sidelining of Black women is one of the reasons that the late C. Delores Tucker worked tirelessly for more than a decade to ensure that a bust of Truth be placed in our nation’s capitol. And why not? Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are there. The fight to get Truth to the capitol was led by Tucker, a lifelong leader and a founder of the National Congress of Black Women. Unfortunately, she did not live long enough to see the fruits of her labor. Wondering who was Tucker? That’s a whole column by itself.

If you know nothing about the women I’ve mentioned, google them, or check my website, http://www.juliannemalveaux.com for more information.

Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is president emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.