Well we’ve come to the final day of Black History Month, as usual, that was quick.
And since it’s the last day of our favorite month—and tomorrow marks the first day of Women’s History Month—I’m going to celebrate the sisters today.
But not the usual beautiful matriarchs we customarily celebrate this time of the year—Sojourner, Harriet, Rosa, Fannie.
Of course, they deserve all the attention and love we give them, but I want to use this opportunity to talk about some young females you may or may not know about.
Let’s start with the most obvious choice, talented, nine year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis. Of course, she’s already made history, being the youngest actress ever nominated for an Oscar.
But let’s move to some movers and shakers you may not know.
Carmen Murray is the CEO and Founder of Title 9 Productions, an entertainment company focused on artist development, management, music and television production.
One of the industry’s most sought after executives, Carmen was a 2011 Billboard Women in Music nominee who discovered two-time GRAMMY award winner Melanie Fiona.
Wayetu Moore is CEO of One Moore Book, a publisher and distributor of children’s books to countries with low literacy rates… The Liberian-born Moore is also a writer of children’s books and was recently featured on NPR and selected as one of BET.com’s 20 ‘Blacks on the Brink of Greatness’
Dr. Oneeka Williams is a prominent Boston surgeon who grew up loving science and writing…Williams has recently written a children’s book to inspire our youth towards science and medicine with the young character, “Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo, Super Surgeon on the Go”. Check her out at drdeedeedynamo.com.
Seven year-old Zora Ball became the youngest person to create a full version of a mobile video game app, “The Brainy Ball”, from Philadelphia’s Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, learned computer programming in an after-school program.
And of course a favorite of mine, Ava DuVernay, the first black woman named Best Director at last year’s Sundance Film Festival for her film “Middle of Nowhere”. DuVernay is an active champion of independent black film and her group, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, is telling our stories – the ones that Hollywood doesn’t tell…
So these sisters are doing it, and we should keep an eye on these black history-makers of today and tomorrow.
I’ll leave you with these words from Oprah Winfrey that speak to claiming your own power to make history:
“Start embracing the life that is calling you. Find your calling—know what sparks the light in you so you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”