Women still the backbone of the Black community

caines | 3/21/2013, 5:30 a.m.

From filling the pews in our churches, leading the way in protests for civil rights and demanding their political voice, to bandaging wounded knees and packing a lunch filled with love, Black women have been at the forefront often serving without recognition but still making a difference. Thats why we pause this month to honor mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts and even adopted mothers that are the real backbone of the Black community. Unlike during Black History Month, when we invoke the memories of more-familiar women, including Coretta Scott King, Harriet Tubman and Mary McLeod Bethune, Womens History Month tends to be that time when we recognize the contributions of ordinary, relatively-unknown women. That is how it should be. The truth is, while Black men, from the corporate world to the hood, tend to perpetuate notions of male dominance, we all know that its the sacrifices of women that really matter. Some may treat women as if they were second-class citizens, born to serve meals, bare children and take care of our homes. But in todays world, more sisters are rightfully finding their way into boardrooms, pulpits and political offices of leadership. Some doors stayed tightly shut until women like Gwen Cherry, Carrie Meek, Larcenia Bullard, Athalie Range and Frederica Wilson knocked them down, paving the way for many others to follow. These women and many more like them, were determined to find a way to use their gifts, to raise their voices and to show other women that gender should never be condoned as an excuse for denying anyone the chance to fulfill their dreams. We owe a debt of gratitude to Black women everywhere women who often come to the battle with little more than sheer determination and yet somehow find the way to tip the scales for the betterment of the entire community. Indeed, Black women still rock.