Black History Month
Throughout the month of February, Black History Month, ETSU Women’s Studies will be highlighting the stories and achievements of black women, and celebrating the contributions of all black women in the struggle for equality. It’s important to reflect upon the intersecting oppression that women of color have faced and continue to face in addition to that which all women face every day to ensure that in our collective struggle, their concerns are not ignored and they are not left behind.
The importance of spotlighting the history of black women is exemplified by Rosa Parks, whose narrative and active participation in shaping the civil rights movement has been obscured and made passive by a dominant male narrative as well as a dominant white narrative. We should instead seek to approach history from her own perspective, highlighting her active contribution to the civil rights movement and her powerful belief in its cause.
Feminism should be an inclusive movement and we must remember that we are all working toward the same goal – ending oppression and achieving equality. That goal cannot be reached until oppression is ended and equality is achieved for all.
During this very important month, we hope that you will join us in our celebration and recognition of the achievements of these extraordinary women.
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