Black History Month 2021

This year, TNBC wanted to pass the mic for Black History Month by highlighting past and present day Black womxn who have helped shape our world into a better place. Whether it was in athletics, nutrition, policy, research, or even going to space, we are deeply grateful for the energy, tenacity, labor and light from the contributions from our Black heroes. Here are their stories.


An American political activist, philosopher, academic, and author, Angela Davis has spent her life working to abolish the prison-industrial complex as well as advocating for women's rights. Davis knew about racial prejudice from a young age; her neighborhood in Birmingham was nicknamed “Dynamite Hill” for the number of homes targeted by the Ku Klux Klan. Her work greatly impacted the Civil Rights and Feminist movements and shaped the political landscape we see today.

With a BA, MA, and PhD, Davis has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, been listed "Woman of the Year" by Time Magazine, as well as "100 Most Influential People of 2020." She's written several books such as, "Women, Race, and Class (1980), Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday (1999), Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003), Abolition Democracy: Beyond Empire, Prisons, and Torture (2005), The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues (2012) and Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement (2016).

"I'm no longer accepting the things I cannot change...I'm changing the things I cannot accept." -Angela Davis


An American lawyer, civil rights advocate, philosopher, and leading scholar of critical race theory, Kimberle Crenshaw developed the theory of intersectionality, the unique and discriminatory experience of Black women who experience both racism and sexism.

Crenshaw's work as an activist, professor, public speaker and author aims to demolish racial hierarchies altogether, and has forever changed inclusive rhetoric around how we discuss the unique experiences of Black women in our society. "The empowerment of Black women constitutes the empowerment of our entire community." - Kimberle Crenshaw


An American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is considered to be one of the key founders in Rock and Roll.

Gaining popularity in the 1930's and 1940's for her gospel recordings, Tharpe blended deeply spiritual lyrics and rhythmic accompaniment with the fundamentals of modern rock and roll. Not only is she considered the "original soul sister" and "the Godmother of rock and roll," but her music reached international influence and helped develop British and European blues.

Tharpe's work paved the way for artists such as Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Jerry Lee Lewis. "Can't no man play like me. I play better than a man." -Sister Rosetta Tharpe