I grew up learning about ordinary people who did extraordinary things, many women. They worked under daunting conditions of slavery, segregation, war, discrimination, and racism. We learned about Harriett Tubman and Sojourner Truth and their fight for freedom and women’s rights.
In 1976, former President Gerald Ford declared February “Black History Month.” He urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Find some time this February to do as President Ford suggested: honor and celebrate. As you prepare for Women of the ELCA Bold Women’s Day, remember that our accomplishments and legacy are only alive when we tell the story.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Valora K Starr.