Audre Lorde Black Feminist

Audre Lorde

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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. 

They launched the #WOCTaughtMe hashtag on January 31. The hashtag quickly spread on social media — and is full of inspiration for Black History Month and beyond.

Twitter users honored women of color, like Black feminist poet Audre Lorde, activists Grace Lee Boggs and Fannie Lou Hamer, and legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw Williams.

They also honored celebrities, like actress Nichelle Nichols, for teaching them about valuable life lessons.

They also highlighted the lessons women of color taught them about feminism, activism, and allyship.

White women, in particular, used the hashtag to thank feminists of color for giving them the tools to be more intersectional.

#WOCTaughtMe reminds us all that Black history is not limited to men.

Women of color deserve recognition this month, too.