From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: How Black Women Turn Grief Into Action

We cannot get the anguished face of Sybrina Fulton, the mother of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin–who was gunned down by a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., in late February–out of our minds. Her suffering and indignation–along with that of Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin–has galvanized citizens of diverse races, classes, religions and generations to […]

Black Herstory: Black Women in the White House

To mark Black History Month, President Obama has been asked to recognize the role of Black people in building the White House. In keeping with this request, I ask, too, that we remember the enslaved and free Black women who served within the White House walls as maids, nurses and cooks starting in the 19th century.