Users on Twitter pay tribute to the black women “written out of history”

A demonstrator at the 1963 March on Washington. (Wikimedia Commons)

This Women’s History Month, users on Twitter are paying tribute to history’s black women by posting their faces and stories under #BlackWomensHistoryMonth. The new tradition began with Reggie Cunningham (@kidnoble) when he started posting the image and story of a notable black woman every day at 9:30 A.M. CST. “I thought a good way to continue this celebration of blackness into March was by honoring black women during Women’s History Month,” says Cunningham.

Dr. Mae C. Jemison was the first African-American woman in space. (Wikimedia Commons)

Dr. Mae C. Jemison was the first African-American woman in space. (Wikimedia Commons)

Cunningham, who has met Mike Brown Sr. (whose son Michael, 18, was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri) lives around the corner from where Vonderrit Myers was killed, and faced off with tear gas in the streets of Ferguson, says that he’s “seen firsthand that people can come together in social media atmospheres and effect change.” And his efforts have paid off, as a large and growing number of users have taken to posting their own tributes. “Black women have traditionally been written out of history unless it is in the context of victimization,” says Dr. Aimee Meredith Cox, a cultural anthropologist at Fordham University. Using Twitter as a platform, Cunningham and others are helping to write history’s black women back in.

Read the full story at Teen Vogue.

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