My Quest To Teach

August 14, 2016

Women of Color and Culture -Making History Making Noise in the Olympics


Women of Color and Culture -Making History Making Noise in the Olympics

‏@BritniDWrites
@EBONYMag;
“This win hopefully brings
hope and change to some
of the issues going on.”

#BeingABlackGirlIsLit esp. in #RIO

When was the last time African Americans,
Haitians, Hispanics, and other people of
color and culture were brought together
and celebrated their diversity?

When President Obama was sworn in as the
First African American President people
cheered and celebrated. They celebrated
being Black, they celebrated being
Brown, they celebrated being African.
They celebrated their color and culture.
When Mayor Alvin Brown was elected the
first African American Mayor of Jacksonville,
Florida African Americans celebrated.


EBONY MAGAZINE
‏@EBONYMag
“While cheering on
#SimoneManuel,
can’t forget that
racism kept Blacks
from learning to swim”

History is being made by women of color
and culture and heritage, they made not
just Olympic history, they have made history
that will span time and space. Parents will
name their daughters every imaginable
combination and some will even try to name
their sons as well.

This is not an exaggeration because people
will talk about where they were, who they
were with and how inspired they were when
our women of color and culture won gold,
silver and bronze. Tears flowed, hugs were
given, cultural pride that was thought
lost swelling.

This is not only a time to celebrate, but
a time to teach and re-awaken the need for
homes of color and culture to teach their
children about their heritage. To celebrate
the melanin in their skin, to celebrate
their hair as Natalie Griffin does in
#MoxieGirl to embrace their shades of
greatness and beauty that they have.


Girls and boys
can celebrate
because they do
matter, they can
make a change
and they are

powerful in great ways. Their
color is not a disability, but an opportunity
to re-awaken in them their drive and desire
for success and celebrate the elders that
sacrificed their very lives so we can rise
beyond our wildest expectations and continue
to rise, breaking class ceilings that
are put in place by people that fear people
of color and culture for their untapped
talents and abilities.
The opportunity to smash mirrors of self
doubt, self hate, and low self esteem.

“Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal
woman, That’s me.” M. Angelou


Rise, rise, rise
and continue
to rise, not
just in sports,
but in academics.
Don’t let the

celebrations stop here, continue them
as schools start. Celebrate academic
achievements as well.
Thank you to my sister T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh
‏@tkeyahcrystal – http://www.tkeyah.com/
#DeltaSigmaTheta
for showing these great images that I use
in this blog to bring attention to
these wonderfully talented Olympic women.

Mass media has too many times painted
a picture that women of color are second
class to others of lighter european
complexion, they are not as intelligent
or as talented. These Olympics and other
events not just sports in nature have
shown that women of color and culture
are talented, intelligent, creative,
innovative and powerful.

“This is for
all who… will
come after
who believe
they can’t do it.”
Simone Manuel

This is the perfect
opportunity to
make sure our
toddlers, children,

youth, teens,
and young to adult women know that they
are loved, supported and appreciated.
What more motivation than to share the
triumphs of our Olympians to celebrate
their accomplishments through the
sacrifices of hard work, dedication,
discipline, commitment and professionalism.

It takes a village to make sure our
innovators and smart creatives are
growing in the direction they need
to be. People of color and culture
we can celebrate today, but the future
we need to make sure our children of
color and culture are celebrated for
their academic accomplishments
through all levels of education.

Teachers need
to have these
images in their
classrooms to
motivate all
their  children,
especially their
children of color
and culture to
motivate them,

to inspire them and to ignite them
in body and spirit. Imagine how
our students could excel if they have
the support like these Olympians,
imagine if our young creatives are
cheered for their academic successes
during the 180 days of instruction.
Imagine our children that struggle
and have IEP’s are given the support
and attention as the athletes we
celebrate. IMAGINE…..

Building Olympians takes determination,
it takes sacrifice, it takes having
a dream and a support system. Parents
of color and culture need to learn
from these lessons and importantly
apply them to their children as the
school year begins. Work with
teachers as coaches work with their
athletes.

The Olympics
is more than
a feel good
opportunity it
is a window to

what children of color and culture can
accomplish if given support and not
judged, mocked, ridiculed. Children
of color and cultures accomplishments
are not based on zip code, area code
and if they receive free or
reduced lunch. That should not
matter, only that they are capable and able.

Begin to look at all our children of
color and culture as Olympians,
treat them as winners and cover
them in prayer.


Resources
used for this blog:

Black Olympians to Watch
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/black-olympians-watch-rio-2016-competitions-n622401

Senior Digital Editor @EBONYMag
https://twitter.com/BritniDWrites

Simone Manuel – #SimoneManuel
@simone_manuel

Simone Biles – #SimoneBiles
@Simone_Biles

Gabby Douglas – #GabbyDouglas

Black Girl Magic – #BlackGirlMagic

Naomy Grand’Pierre
@NaomyHope
First Haitian Olympic Swimmer

HaitianAmerican ‏- @HACSONET
Team Haiti #TeamHaiti

Being A Black Girl Is Lit
#BeingABlackGirlIsLit

Delta Sigma Theta
#DeltaSigmaTheta

BlackGirlGeeks – @BlackGirlGeeks

BlackGirlMagic – #BlackGirlMagic

Ibtihaj Muhammad Verified
@IbtihajMuhammad

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