By Stephanie Younger •
Many institutions fail to educate Black History and Women’s History from the most marginalized voices in the Black community. Black women, girls and non-binary people are often discredited for our contributions to the feminist movement and the civil rights movement. Civil Rights is often centered around cisgender and heterosexual Black men, while mainstream feminism is often centered around cisgender and heterosexual white women. While many marginalized groups are already degraded for standing for their rights, Black women, girls and non-binary people are often systemically undermined and told that they should be remorseful of their voices when they speak out, which calls for intersectionality and womanism. I am grateful be part of a generation where Kimberle Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality, Alice Walker’s definition of womanism and movements like Black Lives Matter can build a socially and politically just society.