I cannot count the times I have heard that Black women don’t support each other. I always thought that was wishful thinking for those who wanted to play down our unity and our work for our people that ultimately benefits all people without regard to race, creed, color, religion and all the other things that often divide us. In order to succeed, Black women have persisted for success against the greatest of odds.
We who are Black women know that all anybody has to do is tell us what we can’t do, and the game is on! While we welcome the help of others who want to see the change we need to make our nation a more livable one for all of our people, others are slowly beginning to see that Black women are serious, and when we’ve got our eyes on the prize, nothing will stop us from doing our part to make a difference.
Charlotte, North Carolina, is named for Queen Charlotte, who meets the “One Drop Rule” — meaning that if you have one drop of Black blood, you are Black! Since Charlotte was so successful as Queen of Britain and Ireland from 1761-1818 in which her mixed ancestry is convincingly revealed, there are still some who want to deny her Black blood and question the legitimacy of her race!
Dr. Stephanie Myers recently wrote a well-researched book called “Invisible Queen” and she dispels any notion of Charlotte being anything other than a Sister! Charlotte married into the British Royal Family at the age of 17, and history tells us that Charlotte understood her obligation to protect our people. It was no secret that she worked against slavery. For anyone who does not accept her as our Sister should read Dr. Myers’ book (http://myerspublishing.com.). By the way, Charlottesville, Va., is named for Queen Charlotte and so are Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina, as well as many other cities across the country and around the world. This Sister used her Sister Power to do so many great things, despite the fact that she was only 17 years old when she became queen!
Let us look at my home state of Louisiana. I was speaking recently with Dr. Lue Russell, chairperson of my organization in Louisiana, who told me the number of Black female mayors has risen since we celebrated 19 a few months ago. Louisiana just added one more, so there are 20 Black women Mayors in the state now, including the three largest cities of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport!
We’re everywhere running things as mayor. There’s Charlotte; Atlanta; Baltimore; San Francisco; Fontana, Calif.; Compton, Calif.; Toledo, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; Rochester, N.Y.; Tacoma, Wash.; Baton Rouge, Shreveport, New Orleans, Ville Platte, Boyce, Maringouin, et al. in Louisiana, and the list goes on. These sisters are representing a lot of people of all backgrounds and we haven’t heard a single uncouth word from any of them as we hear daily from the White House!
In Alabama, Sister Power showed up and elected Sen. Doug Jones. In Georgia, Sister Power played a big role in getting Stacey Abrams the Democratic nomination to become governor. Even the nomination is historic!
In the last presidential election, Sister power voted 98 percent against this chaos we are now experiencing. Too bad more people didn’t vote like Black women. If everybody voted like Black women, we would be well on the road to resolving so many problems for so many people. Let’s pray that on Nov. 6, 2018, more people will recognize Sister Power and follow our lead!
Williams is national president of the National Congress of Black Women and a weekly columnist for the Trice Edney Wire Service.