February is Black History Month

Updated: February 1, 2022

Here are great resources on Black Women’s History!

African American History Month – US Library of Congress
Votes for Women Means Votes for Black Women – National Women’s History Museum
The Education of Young Black Girls – National Women’s History Museum
Unsung Voices of Black Women and Their Role in Women’s Suffrage – Lesson Plan – National Women’s History Museum
National Association of Colored Women – National Women’s History Museum
Shirley Chisholm – National Women’s History Museum
Stacey Abrams – National Women’s History Museum
Kamala Harris – National Women’s History Museum
Black Women’s History in the U.S. – Past and Present – Not Even Past
Influential Black Women – Photo Essay – Oxford African American Studies Center
African American Mental Health Resources  – National Alliance on Mental Health (California)
Inspirational Black Women – PBS
Prominent African-American Women and the White House – The White House Historical Association
Celebrating Pioneering Black women in Science – Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
Black Women and the Struggle for Equality – National Park Service
Understanding America: From Slavery to Stacey Abrams: The Year of the Black Woman – US Department of State
LDF Celebrates Women History Month – LDF (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
Five African American Women Pioneers in U.S. Finance – Columbia University Press Blog
African-American Female Instrumentalists: An Archive of Black Female Sound from the Late Nineteenth Century to Now – Yale Campus Press
Inspirational Black Women You Should Know – UNWomen
Three African-American Women Who Revolutionized Modern Dance –  KCET  (PBS SoCal)
“We Made it, Friend” The First African American Female Officers in the US Navy – National WWII Museum
History of Black Women in the Military – National Association of Black Military Women
Maya Angelou: the First Black Woman on a U.S. Quarter – NPR
Marian Wright Edelman – Children’s Defense Fund
Marian Wright Edelman: Reflections from a Lifetime Fighting to End Child Poverty – Ted Talk

Center for the Women of New York had a chance to connect in 2021 with Dr. Bessie W. Blake, a widely known and respected educator, adjunct professor of English at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York, and a recognized expert on adult learning. Her lecture tours have carried her to every corner of the United States and abroad to countries like England, Scotland, and Senegal. Dr. Bessie Blake spoke to Kati Fernandez and Cecilia Venosta at CWNY about the women before her, the impact of mothers on her journey, and the “she-cession” and mental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also shared with us her fondest moment with Rosa Parks, her fight for equality and justice, and her life’s work.

“Black History Month is Every Month!” is a 2022 interview with Adrienne Whaley, Queens Underground International Black and Brown Film Festival Founder. Interview hosted by: Kati Fernandez and Cecilia Venosta-Wiygul, Center for the Women of New York.