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This month, MomsRising – and our new Spanish-language community, MamásConPoder! – have so much to celebrate. It is Black History Month, and the fifth year in a row that we bring to you this special blog edition – or “carnival”! -- by MomsRising staff members, policy partners, bloggers, and advocates of the Black diaspora from across the web. 

It is also our 10th anniversary as an organization.

We’ve been building a multicultural movement for and by all families since our inception in May 2006. Today we are over a million volunteers strong, people representing every state, race, creed, gender – all with the common goal to create a country, in which all of our families have economic security, all of our children can thrive, and once and for all, we end discrimination. (Few people talk about it, but moms and women of color are among those who face the highest wage discrimination.) In other words, ours is an intersectional movement – the theme of this year’s Black History Month Blog Carnival.

In honor of our foremothers and forefathers whose shoulders we stand on, we hope you'll join us in celebrating their legacy, exploring the issues facing Black women and families today, and committing to being the best allies possible.

Join us! Celebrate Black History Month by taking a look at this list of important blog posts and articles. Leave comments, share your own stories, and get involved!

Celebrating the Black Diaspora

"Taqwa (Virtue) through Anti-Bias Education", Margari Aziza Hill, MuslimARC

"A Working Mom Black History Month Tribute: Grateful for My Ancestors", Chaton Turner, Chaton's World

"Why I'm Celebrating #BlackLatinxHistory This Month", Sili Recio, MomsRising / MamásConPoder

"A Muslim Mom's Visit Today with President Obama", Khadija Gurnah, American Muslim Health Professionals

"Growing Up in Brownsville with Racism", Eileen Carter-Campos, Mommy Teaches

Black Lives Matter

"Black Lives and Gun Violence", Spencer Overton and Nina Vinik, Joyce Foundation

"Open Letter to All Good Cops", Dru Ealons, Mocha Moms, Inc.

"How the Media's Rhetoric Criminalizes Young People of Color", Gianna Judkins, Generation Progress

"Black Lives Matter When Jesus is at the Center", Reverend Charles F. Boyer, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

"The Flint Water Crisis is a Feminist Issue", Amanda Hooper, National Women's Law Center

"When a Student Asks: Am I Going to Die?", Lily Eskelsen, National Education Association

"Racial Disparities Rooted in History, Hold Back Our Economy", Tazra Mitchell, North Carolina Justice Center

"Men of Honor", NaShonda Cooke, Men of Honor, Durham Public Schools

"#BlackHistory365: Dismantling the Stereotypes and Ensuring My Kids Know They Matter Too", Monya James, Views n Hues

Around the Web

"How do We Care for the Black Women Who Care for Us?", Alicia Garza, National Domestic Workers Alliance and #BlackLivesMatter

"How to Answer Stupid Questions About Feminism", Nashonda Cooke, Women AdvaNCe

"A Moral Movement to Hold Candidates -- of All Parties -- Acccountable", Reverend William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, The News & Observer


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