Honoring the accomplishments of women
The month of February is almost over and in Genius Plaza we’ve been celebrating the work and success of our African American Career Champions. We had the opportunity to share their unique stories.
The champions participated in our MEET’s (Mentor. Empower. Engage. Teach) program with students from all over the United States. The champions connected via “Webcam” with the kids and both parties enjoyed each other’s company. The children asked our champions any question that sparked their curiosity. Our champions kept the entire session engaging and fun, but also informative. They explained -in depth- how success in their line of work is a small piece of an even bigger puzzle in their companies. Surely, our career champions ignited the genius in these children!
We could say that February was a “Genius Success” for Genius Plaza. Even though this month is close to an end, Genius Plaza doesn’t want to stop sharing the joy and excitement with other schools and communities. The fun and learning will continue in March with our Women’s History campaign.
We welcome you to our upcoming MEET campaign in March. This post is an informative hybrid between Black History Month and Women’s History Month. We want to share the amazing journeys of strong African American females that didn’t take “no” for an answer when they demanded freedom – freedom to express themselves in a way that society didn’t understand nor accept.
We want to share the stories of women that liberated their fate from oppression and others that freed their talent amongst a rough segregated U.S. An example of such bravery is Bessie Coleman, a pilot who flew over prejudice to become the first African American woman with an international pilot license.
We can seek strength and knowledge in Harriet Tubman’s story, and learn about how she freed herself from slavery escaping to Canada. She traveled more than twelve times back to her plantation to liberate her loved ones. She was the reincarnation of Moses, with her journey to the promised land of freedom.
We admire women who were trailblazers in the art industry. Ann Lowe was the first noted African American fashion designer. Famous actresses and businesswomen wore her dresses. Her designs were exhibited at parties and events (like Jackie Kennedy’s wedding) even though the people of her skin tone dreamt of it. The beauty and simplicity of her dresses held high praises among the well-known fashion designers of her era.
Nothing can obscure the beautiful and tall Donyale Luna. In March of 1966, Donyale was the first African American woman to be on the cover of issue #4 of British Vogue Magazine. At 6ft, her astonishing beauty and unique features were a sight for anyone that laid eyes on her. Salvador Dali, the famous Spanish draftsman, recognized her as “the pure reincarnation of Nefertiti.”
The 1920s were the golden age for the African American community. The Harlem Renaissance soared in New York City, where talented figures found an opportunity to emerge and raise their voices against oppression and promote appreciation for black culture. The poet and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston took part in the movement.
Her poems, short stories, news articles, and books were vital for the Harlem Renaissance movement. She used her opportunity to represent the black community through another angle that differed from what society had portrayed them. Her style and stories were unique. In her book, “Fire!” she went against the stereotypes that were linked to her race and gender.
Every single one of these women had something in common: hope. They never considered themselves inferior to men. Their work, passion, and goals paved a road for the women of this era, as well as many of our Career Champions. Their dedication can be spotted in champions like Tonya Edmonds who dedicates her time and efforts to be the best IT Senior Manager she can be, or Sherette Constant, an Executive Director, who participate in events that support the role and leadership of women.
We celebrate these women because they stood against oppression and they chose who they wanted to become. We celebrate our female Career Champions because they pursued their dreams and never backed down to any challenge.