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April is Black Women's History Month!

While Black Excellence is celebrated 24/7/365, and February is Black History Month, the unparallelled contributions of Black women since the beginning of time is worthy of a dedicated month of its own. That's why April is designated as International Black Women's History Month!



Black Women's History Month celebrates the achievements of Black women throughout history and across the globe. Despite challenges faced due to our racial ethnicity and gender inequities, Black women have made significant strides in every imaginable field, from Science and Technology to Politics and the Arts, and much more! Our stories deserve to be heard and our accomplishments deserve to be celebrated!


During Virginia's 2024 Legislative Session, Delegate Joshua G. Cole presented HJ 8, which designates April 2024, and each succeeding year, as Black Women's History Month.


Here are some tips to Celebrate Black Women's History Month:


Learn about influential Black women: There are countless amazing Black women who have made a difference. Research pioneers in your field of interest or explore the stories of iconic figures like Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress. Amplify the narratives and accomplishments of lesser-known phenomenal Black women. (See the list of notable Black women in Virginia, provided in HJ 8).


Support Black women-owned businesses: Seek out and patronize Black women owned businesses.


Read books by Black women authors: There is a wealth of literature written by extremely talented Black women. Get to know Zora Neale Hurston, bell hooks, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Tayari Jones, Julie Dash, Isabel Wilkerson, Tomi Adeyemi and much more through their literary works.


April is a time to celebrate the power, resilience, and achievements of Black women. Let's use this month to amplify their voices and continue to push for a more equitable future.



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