For centuries, Black women have been charged with the task of stepping up to the proverbial plate, taking leadership roles in the shaping of U.S. history and culture at large. In their remarkable efforts and accomplishments, three notable figures in particular, stayed true to themselves despite fear and intimidation all while "challenging the standard" to make even greater impacts on the world.
During this Black History Month, The Lip Bar honors global icons Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, and Angela Davis by retelling HERstory and shining much-needed light on their respective legacies.
Born Rosa Louise McCauley on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama, Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist who became widely known after refusing to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Biography.com notes, "her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which successfully launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities."
Recognized for her admirability and steadfastness in the presence of adversity, Rosa Parks will forever embody what it means to be a true Class Act.
According to Biography.com, Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820 and escaped to freedom in the North in 1849 to become "the most famous 'conductor' on the Underground Railroad." Tubman was also a "leading abolitionist" before the American Civil War, helping the Union Army during the war by primarily working as a spy, the website notes.
As illustrated, fearless and determined, nothing — not even death itself — could deter Rebel pioneer Harriet Tubman on her journey to achieve freedom for herself and hundreds more.
Born on January 26, 1944, in Birmingham, Alabama, Angela Davis is one of the world's most impactful scholarly professors to date. As Biography.com points out, during the late '60s, she become highly regarded as a women who tirelessly advocated for "gender equity, prison reform, and alliances across color lines."
Through her present-day work, Ms. Independent thinker and heroine Angela Davis continues to fight for the full liberation of society against racism and unjust systemic oppression.
Press play on the video below to hear our Founder and CEO Melissa Butler share her thoughts on each of The Lip Bar SHEros — plus why highlighting Black Women leaders 24/7, 365 is imperative.