Black History Month is supposed to celebrate what Black people have accomplished, overcome, and created across the diaspora. Yet those retrospective looks often skew very male and very straight.
Patriarchy transforms Black history into Black male history, which erases the contributions of Black women and Black queer people. For instance, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is considered the anchor of the Civil Rights Movement, even though Rosa Parks had been documenting sexual assault against Black women long before he became an activist. Furthermore, Parks' activism has been reduced to her decision not to relinquish her bus seat.
That's the erasure Groundswell Fund, an organization that offers grants to reproductive justice groups, is aiming to combat.