When Streams asked me to list my top 5 inspirational Black women for Black History Month, I was excited to get going. Having ended up with a list much longer than 5, which was the same for my friends when I asked them to share theirs, (Michaela Coel had a lot of mentions and she was on my extended list!), it got me thinking about how fortunate my friends and I are to be aware of so many incredible Black women.
The importance of Black History Month this year has been amplified. It’s been a hard year for everyone, but arguably harder for Black women. I have always shared content in October on @lifeadmin’s digital platforms, and this year I paid particular attention to Black women. We have received comments and messages from people who have really valued learning something new and those who have been happy to see stories that they are aware of being amplified.
All of the women on my top 5 list have done the same, shared stories to gain awareness of important issues or shared stories to amplify voices, and these are the main reasons why I have been inspired by them.
Maya Angelou - “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Baroness Doreen Lawrence - “I could have shut myself away, but that is not me”
Beverley De-Gale OBE - “Following Daniel De-Gale’s passing the ultimate aim of ACLT is that others should not have to wait for this length of time for lifesaving matches to be found. Donors should be found and readily available and willing to save a life sooner rather than later."
Olive Morris - “My heart will always be in Brixton”
Malorie Blackman OBE - “Books allow you to see the world through the eyes of others.”