Black women deserve everything we can get out of this world and beyond.
We also deserve a celebration that focuses on how our identities as women and Black people intersect, without having to choose or prioritize one over the other.
I call for Black Women’s History Week to be 2/25-3/3
We finish Black History Month strong and bring it home then we jump out in front of Women’s History Month, representing how we function in both spaces, tbh
— ♈☀6’0 High & Rising🌙♌ (@FeministaJones) February 23, 2018
I did a bit of digging and found that for 2 years, at least, a number of feminist organizations celebrated Black women’s history week the last week in March. I tried finding more about the efforts for 2017, but didn’t find much. I also paused at our week being the last week of the month–something about that just reallllly rubbed me the wrong way.
I’m not sure if efforts are being made this year again, but here’s what I’m proposing and why:
I want people across social media and beyond to celebrate at a point that represents the intersections of Blackness and Womanhood and the contributions of those who identify as both– the last few days of February (Black History Month) and the first few days of March (Women’s History Month).
What does that look like?
Beginning 2/25 and continuing through 3/3, I invite you to share posts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and beyond, highlighting the achievements and accomplishments of Black women around the world. These women can be anyone from the famous names we all know to the women we should know. It’s really up to you to decide who should be highlighted.
Black Women: It’s our time to shine. For the last couple of years, we’ve seen and felt people coming to us and relying on us to try to save them, yet we find that we’re still the ones primarily showing up to celebrate us. We don’t have to choose. We will not choose. We are both. We experience both. And most of us know that who we are doesn’t end at Black or at Woman or at Black Woman, so I invite you to represent all of the things that make us who we are–queerness, disability, ethnicity, culture, age, size, class, alllll of it.
So, if you want to participate, let’s do it
Join the Instagram Challenge too!! (You can do this on FB and Twitter too!)
Day 1 (2/25): Your personal BW shero
Day 2: (2/26)Fav moment in BW history
Day 3: (2/27) BW shero from another country
Day 4: (2/28) Tag/ Post pic of a BW in your life who has made you better
Day 5: (3/1) Favorite BW artist
Day 6: (3/2) Share a powerful quote from a BW
Day 7: (3/3 Celebrate yourself! How have YOU made history as a BW?
Use #BlackWomensHistoryWeek and/or #BWHW2018 with your posts, use as many images as possible, and if you want to write about it, please send your links to me so I can share them. Add your nationality, your ethnicity, your faith, your age, whatever you want to do to represent. We’re here for it!