Honoring Black Women’s Excellence on Juneteenth

Dr.Sanja Rickette Stinson
June 15, 2023
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Leading with Faith and Empowerment

It is undeniable that numerous black activists and political leaders have championed the fight for civil and social justice. In today's context, we highlight contemporary black excellence by showcasing current leaders, entrepreneurs, and influencers who are shaping our world. From groundbreaking advancements in technology and science to the remarkable growth of black-owned businesses, these contributions exemplify the enduring impact of black individuals in today's society.

Embracing the legacy of black women's excellence shows that black women have consistently demonstrated exemplary leadership. Their commitment to empowerment and creating a legacy spans centuries. From Sojourner Truth's powerful abolitionist speeches to Rosa Parks's iconic civil rights activism, their contributions have paved the way for change. Harriet Tubman, a legendary Underground Railroad figure, led countless enslaved individuals to freedom—women like Ida B. Wells, a fierce journalist, and anti-lynching advocate. Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to Congress, and Kamala Harris, the first African American and South Asian woman Vice President, have shattered barriers and continue to inspire future generations.

Black women's leadership extends beyond politics; influential figure like Oprah Winfrey has used their platforms to champion diverse voices and advocate for social change. Other trailblazing women like Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Billie Holiday have made unparalleled contributions to their respective fields. 

Let us remember the team of female American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Their achievements serve as a wellspring of inspiration for 21st-century black women, who can embrace the spirit of Juneteenth and leverage it to continue the fight for equality and liberation. Here are a few tips:

  1. Amplify Your Voices and Stories: Black women authors and scholars can play a vital role in preserving and sharing the legacy of Juneteenth. By ensuring that history is not forgotten and its lessons continue to be taught, they provide critical insight into the significance of this historic day.  


Remember Our History: Studying black women's courage and unweaving commitment throughout history inspires 21st-century women. 

  1. By embracing the spirit of Juneteenth and leveraging the lesson learned from their foremothers, black women can continue to fight for equality and liberation. Understanding and appreciating the struggles and triumphs of the past empowers them to make meaningful contributions to the present. 


  1. Faith-Inspired Mentorship and Empowering Others: Black women leaders have a unique opportunity to uplift and empower other women during Juneteenth. By integrating their faith into their mentorship role, they can inspire and guide others to embrace their leadership potential. Drawing strength from their faith, they can provide support, encouragement, and resilience to navigate life's challenges. Through faith-inspired mentorship, black women create a legacy of empowerment and pave the way for future generational to thrive.


Black women, leading with both faith and freedom, possess the power to inspire and empower during Juneteenth. By infusing their faith into community engagement, mentorship, and advocacy, they drive meaningful changes and uplift other women and the broader community. Honoring black women's excellence on Juneteenth celebrates their achievements and serves as a reminder of the ongoing pursuit of freedom, equality, and justice for all.

Dr.Sanja Rickette Stinson, DM

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