Happy Black History Month! While it’s the shortest month of year, I still make it a point to celebrate and learn something new about my culture and heritage. Today’s Fact: Despite avid participation in the National American Woman Suffrage Association, and her persistence in the fight for the right to vote, Ida B. Wells was not allowed to join the suffrage parade of 1913 organized by Alice Paul’s Congressional Union. She and the other black women who had worked tirelessly for universal suffrage were asked to march in a segregated unit, but Wells refused, joining her state’s delegation after the start of the parade. (#shepersisted) While the 19th Amendment granted the right to vote for all women, many women of color, especially in the South, were not enfranchised until the 1960s.
The Black community has such a vital role in shaping the United States, but it’s crucial to celebrate our history, as well as our present and future, even if it’s not February. So here’s a list of some of some Must-Reads for Black History Month, and onward! Enjoy!