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Once homeless, D.C. teacher overcomes odds and wins Teacher of the Year award | WJLA

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Lakeisha Brown has overcome many obstacles in life. This year, she was recognized as the D.C. Public Schools Teacher of the Year. “A girl from a small town who had a really rough upbringing could possibly win too. I didn’t count myself out,” Brown said. “It’s a moment that I will never forget.” Brown has been teaching at Lafayette Elementary School in Northwest D.C. for the last four years. Getting to this point wasn’t always easy for Brown. “I told myself I want to be a teacher that counts every child, who thinks that everyone can make […]

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Black Women Have Never Had The Privilege Of Rage | HuffPost

Kimberly Seals Allers, HuffPost A group of women wear black veils and black tape over their mouths outside of the fourth day of Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 7, 2018. CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY VIA GETTY IMAGES. Featured Image past several weeks have sparked an unprecedented conversation about women’s collective fury in this #MeToo, #WhyIDidntReport and post-Kavanaugh hearings era. Three recent books and a flurry of op-eds, essays and social media energy has everyone talking about rage in a brand new way. This is good news for women. But what’s been blatantly missing from mainstream […]

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65 Boundary-Breaking Black Women Who Have Paved The Way | Essence

It’s International Women’s Day, and we’re taking a look back at some African-American women who haved paved the way for both us and future generations. From legendary icons like Madame C.J. Walker and Nina Simone to 21st century trailblazers like Michelle Obama and Ava DuVernay, here are 65 dynamic women who have inspired us to achieve greatness. Coretta Scott King The late activist and wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., often referred to as the First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement, would have been 90 on April 27. Michelle Obama Michelle Obama will go down in history as […]

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10 incredible black women you should know about | CNN

Christina Maxouris, CNN “Being dragged off that bus was worth it just to see Barack Obama become president,” said Claudette Colvin, who before Rosa Parks was arrested for keeping her bus seat in Montgomery, Alabama. Featured Image (CNN)Black history is American history. It’s easy to say. But while most grade school teachers agree that the experience and contributions of African-Americans are essential to understanding the nation’s past, only about 9% of total class time — about one or two lessons — gets devoted to it, a 2015 study by the National Council for the Social Studies found. Part of why, […]

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Black History Month: Gloria Hayes Richardson led a movement | Daily Kos

Denise Oliver Velez, Daily Kos Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Howard Greenberg Gallery. Featured Image have never forgotten the first time I saw a photograph of a black woman dismissively pushing a National Guard soldier’s bayonet out of her face, and another image of that same woman’s fierce side-eye glare, captured by photographer Fred Ward and now entitled “Soldiers with Bayonets.” That look made a clear statement: “Don’t you dare mess with me.” Photograph of Gloria Richardson, 1963, Danny Lyon. Image Credit “A first-class citizen does not beg for freedom. A […]

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The Black- and Woman-Led Success of a Chicago Ice Cream Company | WTTW

Daniel Hautzinger, WTTW one Fortune 500 company has ever been headed by a black woman – Ursula Burns, who ran Xerox from 2009 to 2016 – and that number is indicative of the immense challenges black women and other women and people of color still face in climbing the corporate ladder. So imagine what it must have been like for Jolyn Robichaux, a 43-year-old widow with two young children and no business education, to take over Baldwin Ice Cream almost five decades ago, in 1971. Her husband, Joseph, had been an executive at the Chicago-based Wanzer Milk Company and bought […]

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How One Woman Is Shattering The Glass Ceiling In Wall Street | Forbes

Janice Gassam, Forbes Lauren Simmons made history as the youngest and only full-time female trader at the New York Stock Exchange. IDA JOHN. Featured Image progress made in making our workplaces more diverse, there are still several industries where the glass and concrete ceilings are more prevalent. One such industry is the financial industry. Wall Street is notorious for being mostly male and mostly White, but one trailblazer is changing that and making a name for herself. At 23 years old, Lauren Simmons made history as the youngest and only full-time female trader at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). […]

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