Forgotten Figures of Black History: Anna Douglass and Claudette Colvin

  Anna Murray-Douglass and Claudette Colvin are little-known figures in African-American history, often being left out of narratives involving prominent contributions towards black liberation. Anna Murray-Douglass grew up in the 19th century as the first emancipated child to her newly-freed parents. While she played a pivotal role in American history, most of us know her…

Tiera Guinn: A “Hidden Figure” of the 21st Century

  The 2016 biographical film Hidden Figures celebrated the important contribution made by a group of young African-American women whose mathematical prowess supported the United States Apollo Space Program. The film has been a box office hit and has received critical acclaim. Thanks to Hidden Figures, the American public is paying closer attention to the…

Beauty And Self-Esteem Behind Bars: Annual Lang’ata Women’s Prison Pageant

  Some would say that there is nothing worse than the stigma attached to someone who has made unfortunate mistakes, endured much pain and triumphantly attained rehabilitation. As the late Nelson Mandela once said: “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” That is the kind of…

OAFLA: The First Ladies of Africa Continue the Battle Against HIV/AIDS

  In 2002, at an international meeting on HIV/AIDS held in Geneva, 37 African First Ladies came together to form a body concerned with the most vulnerable in their continent:  women and children infected with HIV/AIDS. OAFLA (Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS) has a vision: an Africa with no HIV/AIDS, low maternal and child…