By Daijhah Owens
2020 was one hell of a year, let’s just start there! It seemed like everything that could go wrong did, and then some. What made it even more intense was everyone was experiencing it simultaneously on top of everyday life stressors. Despite everything that happen, that did not stop Black Women from going to work for ourselves and this country. From Kamala Harris to Stacy Abrams to Tamika Mallory to Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Black Women were on the front lines of everything 2020 had to throw at us. So what’s next for us? Where do we as Black Women go after the last year we’ve had?
The short answer is, as my Nana used to say, “We just gone keep on, keeping on!” In an ideal world, Black Women would be able to go somewhere, grab a glass of wine, put our feet up, and rest. After all the work we’ve done, for centuries, but specifically in 2020, you’d think the collective would give us a break. Unfortunately, Black women don’t typically have the privilege of rest as there is always something threating our livelihood. With voting rights looking real Jim Crowish, police still not being held accountable for the murder of Breonna Taylor, and Covid-19 ravaging through the Black community with no equitable distribution of the vaccines, there is much work to be done.
We can’t leave it up to anyone else to do this work. If we did, absolutely nothing would get done. Are we tired of saving this country, yes! We will continue to do so, absolutely! Simply because it is in our best interest. We will continue to organize and mobilize, we will continue to support each other, we will continue to raise up new Black Women leaders, because this is what we’ve always done. This is the sacred work that has preserved us.
I believe the future is bright for Black women, especially bright in politics. The country was shook all 2020 when Black woman after Black woman gained historical political power. Journalists and Political correspondents still aren’t sure how to talk about it. After all these years, a vast majority of the American population are acknowledging that Black women are a force to be reckoned with!
I also see a future for Black women that is more light and gentle. That isn’t so heavy. A future where our lives aren’t constantly threaten by political shenanigans. A future of rest and prosperity. A future with less need for political organizing and more need for planning celebrations. A future where Black women lead in every sector of this country. A future worth bringing a Black daughter into.
Until this comes to past, the fight continues!
DaiJhah Owens is a Contributing Writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. DaiJhah is passionate about shifting political power to oppressed groups through education. She believes there is nothing more powerful than an educated black woman who can smell political BS a mile away! Connect with her on Instagram at @d_nakhole!