I am Black, I am a Woman, and I am an American.
60 years ago, in South Bend, IN, I was born. I had no knowledge of what was going on around me or at least I don't remember what was going on around me.
But there are three things that I know for sure about my birth. I was Black, I was female, and I was American. I am not, nor have I ever been disappointed by being Black, female, or American. Has being a part of these groups been challenging? Absolutely! But being Black, female, and American is who I am. It is who God made me. I did not choose but He did and I am good with who I am. Two of the groups that I am part of have had, and are still having major civil rights issues in the United States of America and in the world. So much has been said, so much has been done, and so little has been accomplished when you look at the big picture.
Through the years of history members of each of these groups have had to make public declarations declaring that they are a significant part of this world. Many of these public declarations have been adopted by national or world wide organizations to promote what they are trying to say about themselves.
Women have allowed the words of Helen Reddy to sing to the world who they are. The words of this song remind us and the world that women are strong. Women are not the weak and the meek. Women are very capable of being a vital part of their community.
Many women choose to call themselves "feminists," or one who believes that women and men should have equal rights. There have been many women's rights movements in our history
Women have had to fight since the beginning of time. If we were really second class citizens wouldn't we know it internally? Why do we desire to the point of continuously struggling to be equal to men. We know we are designed to birth the children. We know that we nurture the children. We know that we are physically built different than men. But how does any of those make us unequal to men?
Is a short man unequal to a tall man? Is a thin man unequal to a larger man? Is a man who wears glasses unequal to a man who does not wear glasses? Is a married man unequal to a man who is not married? In some ways yes, but these differences does not change their rights as men.
And the physical differences of men and women should not change the rights of women.
Words Spoken by Women In The Spotlight
Numerous women have stood up and expressed their belief in the equal rights of women. The first Black congresswomen, Shirley Chisholm stood before the House of Representatives and spoke on behalf the Equal Rights Amendment which provides for equality under the law for men and women.
Gloria Steinem has spent much of her life defending equal rights for women. She considers herself a "hope-aholic," because she has not given up.
Being Black has probably been the most challenging, but it is the one that I like being the most. I am proud of my rich history. Endurance is a strong quality and we possess it.
Growing up, one of my favorite song of all times is "Lift Up Every Voice and Sing," by James Weldon Johnson. This song would comfort me always. It is not only relevant to my plight as a black person but in every challenge I have faced.
It was declared as the "Black National Anthem." I think it was declared as such because it resonates deep inside of those who sing or hear it. It conveys the depth of the struggle, the hope, and the faith that it takes to withstand the struggle, and the promises that our God has given us.
"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
I was born in America and thus, I am an American. I have lived in America all my life. I love my country and my heritage. I don't like everything about America and I choose not to visit the list of things that I don't like about my country at this time.
What I want to hope is that there will be Victory for Black Women In America!
sybol (author) on October 01, 2017:
Thank you for your comment Catherine. I think I replied in the wrong place.
sybol on October 01, 2017:
Thank you Catherine for your comment. Sometimes it feels like we are in a Star Trek movie.
Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on September 28, 2017:
I am not black, but I am a woman. I have belt ineauality for being a woman. I can only imagine how hard a double whammy must be. I don't think it will ever end, except maybe in Star Trek movies.
sybol (author) on September 18, 2017:
Thank You. I am not a feminist either but I do agree with many of their views.
Sharlee on September 17, 2017:
Lovely article, I enjoyed reading it. I have never been a feminist, but I think one must follow the path they ascribe too.
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on September 17, 2017:
Hope is our strongest eternal ally. If women of color continue to show their resilience, then there prosperity is our future. I can't help but think of Mrs. Obama, Oprah, and H. Tugman - we flourish when we work together. Recently, they have decided to place the Underground Railroad's Light on the $20 bill, replacing a supporter of slavery. We rise up and America soars when everyone has wings.