"Lifting As We Climb"

The womb of civilization and the nurturers of humanity, African women worldwide are phenomenal. Beginning with Ancient Egypt with Hatshepsut, an African woman who became a mighty King to selfless women such as: Harriet Tubman and Ida B. Wells who sought our liberation during the woeful times of enslavement and the Reconstruction era, to Fannie Jackson Coppin, who committed to educate us, to contemporary times where Michelle Obama inspires us as the First Lady, and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf serves Liberia as the first duly-elected female president on the continent of Africa, women have made extraordinary contributions. They have struggled for voice, love, dignity, and self-definition for themselves on behalf of their families, communities, and nations, have fought alongside their men to protect the family, have insisted on our upliftment, and have ensured our dignity as a people. Throughout the month of March, we invite you to join us as we celebrate Women's History Month at Coppin State University. During the month-long activities, we will explore the many contributions of African women, examine their activism, and honor their individual and collective accomplishments. In his eulogistic poem, Haki Madhubuti notes, "Black Women we care about you." Reflective of his affirmation, we show our appreciation for their political, cultural, spiritual fortitude in a variety of programming throughout the month. We commit to lift, mentor, heal, and inspire one another.

K. Zauditu-Selassie, DA
Co-Chair Women's History Month

Women's History Month:
National Women's History Month grew out of an effort to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women in American History. In 1978, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a "Women's History Week." Later in 1987, at the request of museums, libraries, and educators across the country, the National Women's History Project petitioned Congress to expand the celebration to the entire month of March.