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Not only did they do amazing things, but they used their success to turn around and help other women, too. Her speech at the Democratic National Convention was the first political address I ever saw. Jordan had a first of her own, too: her keynote speech at the DNC was the first time a black woman had ever given a keynote speech there.
She was striking.
I found her authentic and powerful, and on top of that, she looked like me too. I felt seen by Barbara Jordan. I felt heard by Barbara Jordan. I felt represented by Barbara Jordan. She sparked my political awakening, because she made me realize that people who looked like me could work in politics. Through nine stories, the narrator weaves in and out of Port-au-Prince, Haiti and New York as she explores her identities. This book was a revelation to me as a young Haitian-American girl growing up in New York.
Then, many years later, Danticat changed my life again when she agreed to write a blurb about my then-forthcoming book. Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is proof that not all heroes get the recognition they deserve. Joan was a white woman who volunteered to be a freedom rider during the Civil Rights movement. She literally put her life on the line. Labor leader and Civil Rights activistDolores Huerta is one of those people for me.
For decades she has worked with migrant workers and the labor movement to help make sure everyone has fair working conditions can make a living wage. InI had the chance to go down to the border with her and a few others when it first came to light that the Trump Administration was separating families. It was scorching hot, but all I remember is how beautiful it was to see teachers, clergy members, and more come out to form a diverse coalition calling for this inhumane practice to end. To me, Huerta will always represent what activism is all about: shining a light on injustice and using your power to bring people together to create real change.
When I think of Ida B. Wells, I think of sacrifice. As a black journalist in the s reporting on lynchings, Wells put herself in grave danger to expose the injustices of the world. She knew the importance of fact, and what media that omitted lynchings really was: fiction.
Wells helps me understand my role, and what it means to tell the truth. She served as senior adviser to President Obama for all eight years of his presidency and has served as a mentor for countless women in politics. She also sat down with me to do a talk about my book here in Washington, D. The fact that she still took the time to help uplift me and my story speaks volumes about who she is.
Last but certainly not least is my mom. She grew up in Haiti and had a hard life. Her mom died young, and her father, when their community experienced a famine, sent her to live with a family that treated her more like a maid than a family member.
But she persevered, and when she was old enough, went to Port-au-Prince to get an education. It was there that she met my Dad and they decided to immigrate to the United States for a better life.
My mom worked two jobs, switching between working as a home health care aide and running her own beauty salon. IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.
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