As you all know UK Black History month is almost over so I just wanted to share the stories of 2 Black women that I admire, but it is also important to say that these women don’t need only a month to be remembered because they paved the way for us :).
Every year, I have noticed that when we talk about Black history in general, the first names that come to mind are the ones of people such as Martin Luther King Jn, former president Obama or Nelson Mandela, but here are 2 women that are also worth knowing about:
NANA YAA ASANTEWAA
Nana Yaa Asantewaa, queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti region was born in 1840 in Ghana, West Africa once known as the Gold Coast. She has to be remembered because at a time when Ghanaian warriors were discouraged from fighting against British colonialism, she was able to lead a rebellion in order to protect the Golden Stool from being taken away. She died in 1921 in Seychelles in exile.
Why was the golden stool so important for the Ashanti people? Find out by watching this short clip
When we talk about black history, in my opinion, it is NECESSARY to also remember African kings and queens because we DID NOT start from slavery. It is also NECESSARY for parents TO teach their kids this part of history because as we know, it’s not included in the formal academic curriculum.
I never knew of Mary Seacole until one day my niece asked me to help her write a university admission personal statement for nursing. I started researching about black women that had a positive impact in healthcare because I wanted her to look back at this person’s struggles and achievements when faced with future university challenges and remember that she can RISE above any negative situation.
We fell in love with Mary Seacole’s story from reading the book titled’ Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole in Many Lands’ because she was fearless, assertive, intelligent and she was black.
Mary Seacole was a nurse born in Jamaica in 1805 that decided to go to Britain to care for British soldiers during the Crimean war. Her mum was a traditional healer that used the knowledge of herbal mixture to look after sick people and it is from her that Mary grew a passion to nurse and of medicine.
Once in Britain, Mary faced many rejections and obstacles in order to be accepted in Florence Nightingale’s nursing team, but she didn’t let that stop her because she knew deep down that her purpose was TO SERVE the needy. She died in London in 1881.
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