March is designated as Women’s History Month. As is the case with other months designated for marginalized people, women’s importance, contributions and value to the world cannot possibly be explored in four weeks, nor should such discussions and activities only be locked into one month. Nevertheless, it is important that we celebrate, learn about and implement the ideas of our sisters and confront the patriarchy that exists in our homes, places of worship, schools, places of employment, etc.
The following represent some Black and Latino sisters whose voices, ideas and activism are invaluable and central to discussions of social justice and empowerment.
Of course, learning about powerful and committed women is the first step, but this is not enough. We must teach our daughters and sisters to be empowered, competent, and conscious. We must work to make sure our daughters don’t see themselves as mere appendages of men, but as independent people with voice and agency.
Agyei Tyehimba is a former NYC public schoolteacher, co-founder of KAPPA Middle School 215 in the Bronx, NY, and co-author of the Essence Bestselling book, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. Agyei has appeared on C-Span, NY1 News, and most recently on the A&E documentary, “The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez.” Mr. Tyehimba is a professional consultant and public speaker providing political advice and direction for Black college student organizations, community activist groups, and nonprofit organizations. If you are interested in bringing Agyei to speak to your organization, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.