Juneteenth: Empowering Black Women and Embracing Intersectionality

Dr.Sanja Rickette Stinson
June 27, 2024
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Juneteenth is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come and to look ahead with hope and determination. Juneteenth is a day of profound significance for Black Americans because it symbolizes the true emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. It marks the moment when freedom became a reality for those in Galveston, Texas, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

As a woman, entrepreneur, and champion for empowerment, Juneteenth holds a special place in my heart and my journey. Why? Because freedom is multifaceted, especially for Black women. It means breaking free from societal expectations, historical constraints, and systemic barriers. This is where intersectionality plays a crucial role, highlighting how our various identities intersect to create unique experiences of both oppression and empowerment.

As a nonprofit founder, Black woman, and entrepreneur, I have experienced firsthand the challenges and triumphs in a world that often underestimates us. My journey has been shaped by the intersections of my race, gender, and professional aspirations. Each step forward is not just a personal victory for me but a testament to the collective progress of Black women everywhere. Your voice matters, is needed, and we must no longer be willing to remain silent. Together, we can amplify our voices and drive meaningful change.

Starting and growing a business, whether profit or nonprofit, is not an easy feat, but it is a journey worth undertaking. It requires resilience, creativity, perseverance, consistency, and an unwavering belief in one’s purpose. I unapologetically know, as a Black woman entrepreneur, that we carry the legacy of those who fought for our freedom and have the opportunity to pave the way for future generations.

Stepping forward as an entrepreneur involves recognizing and leveraging our unique strengths. It means embracing the full spectrum of our identities and using them to inform our vision and strategy. Consider this:

1) Your passions are the foundation of your entrepreneurial journey.

2) Inclusivity and equity should be at the heart of your strategy.

3) Community is a vital source of strength and seize opportunity

4) A growth mindset will help your navigate challenges and seize opportunities.

5) Your voice matters, needed and you must no longer be willing to remain silent.

As we honor this day, let us also commit to continuing the work of advancing freedom and empowerment for all. Whether through entrepreneurship, community service, or personal development, each step we take contributes to a brighter, more inclusive future.

Juneteenth reminds us of our history and the ongoing journey toward true freedom and equality. It is a call to action, urging us to build on the progress we've made and to strive for a world where every individual can thrive. Let us celebrate our resilience, honor our heritage, and step forward with purpose, determination, and a commitment to making a difference. Together, we can create a legacy of empowerment and opportunity for generations to come.

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