It's Black History Month!

Week One - Incredible Black Women in History

February 2021 is the 45th Official Black History Month in the United States

Started in 1970 but officially recognized in 1976 by President Ford, Black History Month was created to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." Every week, Beyond the Bubble will be celebrating a new group within the Black community. This week, we begin with incredible Black women in history.

"I am a Black Woman" - Poem by Mari Evans

I am a black woman

the music of my song

some sweet arpeggio of tears

is written in a minor key

and I

can be heard humming in the night

Can be heard

humming

in the night

I saw my mate leap screaming to the sea

and I/with these hands/cupped the lifebreath

from my issue in the canebrake

I lost Nat’s swinging body in a rain of tears

and heard my son scream all the way from Anzio

for Peace he never knew….I

learned Da Nang and Pork Chop Hill

in anguish

Now my nostrils know the gas

and these trigger tire/d fingers

seek the softness in my warrior’s beard

I am a black woman

tall as a cypress

strong

beyond all definition still

defying place

and time

and circumstance

assailed

impervious

indestructible

Look

on me and be

renewed

Watch Amanda Gorman's Moving Inauguration Poem, "The Hill We Climb." She is America's Youngest Poet Laureate.

WATCH: Amanda Gorman reads inauguration poem, 'The Hill We Climb'

Lesser Known Black Women in History

You know Rosa Parks, and you know Harriet Tubman, but do you know these other amazing Black women who have made enormous impacts on history?

Black Women in S.T.E.M

Click the pictures above for a printable poster!

Modern Black History Maker of the Week: Stacey Abrams

An American politician, lawyer, voting rights activist and author who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, Stacey Abrams has become an explosive force in American politics. Abrams has dedicated her career to ending discriminatory voting regulations, a problem that is still persistent and disproportionally affects communities of color in every state. Her group, Fair Fight Action, has fought against voter suppression and has registered over 800,000 new voters in Georgia over the last two years. That's more than the entire populations of Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, or North Dakota!

Stay tuned for more Black History Month knowledge next week!