The United States was built on the backs of African Americans, Mexican Americans and Asian Americans. That is why I love Black History Month. It tells the stories I never got to hear in school. It reminds me that my people are not shiftless and lazy. They have great minds and hearts contributing to society.
It reminds me that you can come from nothing and add something significant to life. In my Queens project, the women I chose made a contribution to society that changed the fabric of it. Ordinary women did extraordinary things.
For this project, I chose women from all walks of life. I will share some of the photos I have taken, thus far. These are my Queens of Freedom.
Bessie Smith, the Empress of the Blues
Betsy Ross, mother of the American Flag
Madam CJ Walker, first African American Millionaire
Delores Hueta, Labor Leader and civil rights worker
Rosa Parks, civil rights activist or the mother of the freedom movement
Sacagawea, lead Lewis and Clark across North America
Shirley Chisholm, first African American woman elected to Congress