Black women’s history month celebrates the fact that Black women are at the forefront of creating work that liberates, entertains, heals, and educates.
Black women have often lent so much of their talent, brilliance, and effort to movements and moments most often historicized as male-dominated—thus leading to the rapid erasure of their works and the erasure of their collective voice in popular culture.
From the Civil Rights Movement to Black (Queer) Feminist Thought; from body liberation movements to LGBTQ+ movements; from the sports world to the music industry, it has been Black women at the forefront of creating and building work intended to liberate, entertain, heal, and educate.
Though month-long celebrations are fleeting, we believe that compiling a list of work that can introduce others to the variety of Black women who have been trailblazers across industries can take this from a transient moment to a lifetime of learning and memorializing their masterful deeds.
Take a moment to learn about some of the world’s greatest authors, athletes, theorists, activists, and about some of the issues, cultural works, and historical moments that carry significance for Black women: