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Black History Month: Black Moms Making History NOW

By Lindsay Pinchuk

February is Black History Month.  While we celebrate diversity every day of the year, we are marking this month and celebrating by sharing the stories of incredible Black moms all month long.   This week we are introducing you to Black moms who are making history RIGHT NOW. These are women you NEED to know about. Click on their names to follow them and their incredible life pursuits on Instagram.

Meena Harris

You may recognize her last name.  Her Auntie may have just made history by becoming the first female, first African American and first Asian American Vice President of the United States.  BUT, Meena Harris is making a name of her own.  If she isn’t already, she’ll soon simply be referred to as Meena (along the likes of Oprah and Beyonce.)  She is the Founder and CEO of Phenomenal, “a female powered lifestyle brand bringing awareness to causes and culture,” and brings passion and grit to everything she touches.

Just watch her for a few minutes on Instagram, where you can find her talking live often, and you’ll know just what we mean.  Phenomenal is 100% Black and brown owned and women led, driving awareness to social efforts such as “Black Lives Matter,” the importance of voting, racism against Asians, equal pay for Latinas, and the list goes on.  Meena’s recent book, Ambitious Girl, is a #1 New York Times bestseller.   This is all in addition to being an amazing mom to two adorable daughters.

Dr. Jasmine Johnson

Dr. Jasmine Johnson truly coins the phrase “doing it all.”  She is a mom, a medical fellow, and a crusader for women’s health disparities. Just check out the ADVOCACY highlight on her Instagram account where she documents all of the incredible work she is doing. She also somehow finds time to blog about it all at Mrsmommymd.com.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigerian born, Adichie is an acclaimed author credited with garnering interest for African literature among a new generation, particularly in the United States.  A feminist, her books include Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah, the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck, and a book length essay, “We Should All Be Feminists.”  Adichie’s TED Talk from 2009  expressed her concern for under-representation of various cultures. It’s become one of the top ten most-viewed of all time with more than fifteen million views.

Ashley Mitchell

Together with her husband, newly pregnant Mitchell co-founded The Courage Campaign.  Their mission is “to leverage movement and the power of intention to redefine our relationship with fear and attain new levels of personal empowerment.” A premier fitness instructor and lululemon ambassador, Mitchell provides public schools and communities with high-caliber physical fitness instruction, combined with personal development and Social Emotional Learning (SEL.) They also have an amazing podcast covering topics centered around fear, social justice, courage and transformation.

Jacqueline Woodson

Is an American author who writes books for children and adolescents.  Some of her most well known titles include Miracle’s Boys, and her award winning titles Brown Girl DreamingAfter Tupac and D FosterFeathers, and Show Way.  In her books she tackles topics that were not always common place including interracial couples, teenage pregnancy and homosexuality. Among many honors, Woodson served as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017.  She lives with her partner and their two children in Brooklyn, NY.

Skylar Diggins-Smith

This WNBA star does more than play professional basketball. In 2018 she appeared in a commercial to raise awareness about pay inequity. And even more impressive, she noted in a rant on Twitter that played the entire 2018 season while she was pregnant. If that is not the definition of Super Woman, we don’t know what is.

Julee Wilson

As Beauty Director at Cosmopolitan, one of the largest media brands in the world for women, Wilson is responsible for all of the beauty content across all of the brand’s platforms.  In her company bio she calls herself “lucky AF that she gets to play with beauty products for a living and tell dope stories.”   When you follow her on her personal Instagram, you’ll get product recs, favorites and Julee’s life as a mom! Wilson became a second time mom in January with a second, beautiful, baby boy.

Mia Love

Love was the first black person elected to Congress from Utah, and the first black woman elected as a Republican.   She currently makes waves as a political commentator on CNN.

All of these moms are currently writing history.  Make sure you follow all of these extraordinary women to keep tabs on the amazing work they are doing.  Check out last week’s Black History Month story, 10 Black Moms You Should Meet.  Make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook as we share more from these amazing Black moms throughout history.  Each week in February we will be introducing you to Black moms who we think you should know about. Join us as we celebrate Black History Month throughout February and beyond!

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