Spelman College, September 2012: With the advent of this new school year, the Laura Spelman dorm reopened after having been renovated to house the college’s recently created Social Justice Fellows program. One of the highlights of the newly repurposed living and learning center is a visual timeline that was created to trace the history of Black women’s advocacy from 1881, when Spelman was founded, to the present day. Artist Therese McKee Huffman put together an absolutely beautiful montage of women who have made “A Choice to Change the World.” The faces on the wall include Fannie Lou Hamer, Michelle Obama, Ida B. Wells, Rosa Parks, Anna Julia Cooper, Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, Angela Davis, Toni Cade Bambara, Johnetta B. Cole, Alice Walker and the list goes on.

Seeing this mural in person was one of those moments that absolutely took my breath away!!!! I am awed, humbled and deeply honored to be included amongst so many of my sheroes in this permanent installation at my beloved alma mater. It makes me really proud to know that generations of Spelman women will be as inspired as I was by this demonstration of our institutional commitment to social justice. Click here to read an article about it.

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