Throughout February, in observance of Black History Month, Southern Journeys will be saluting black women worth celebrating all year round. These women's acts of courage and ingenuity, perhaps little known to the public at large, had profound impacts on their communities, which reverberated throughout the nation and inspired those after them.
As our home page reads, "From ancestral symbols to story quilts to feed sack fashion, our journey as Southern Rural Black Women is interwoven into everything we create." Heritage is central to Southern Journeys' mission and collections and something we wish to pass down from generation to generation. As President Gerald Ford said when Carter G. Woodson's Negro History Week became the Black History Month know today, it is important for all Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
To keep this observance "the site of resistance, reflection, and struggle that its founder Carter G. Woodson hoped Negro History Week was," Southern Journeys invites you to join "Black HerStory Month," a lively, thoughtful series on the role of black women in history. Although we honor pioneers such as Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks, we will be spotlighting equally praiseworthy women whose names are less recognizable. Together, these women represent the collective leadership that redirected the course of history over time, confronting powers that be and cultivating opportunity and hope.
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