“If we have the courage and tenacity of our forebears, who stood firmly like a rock against the lash of slavery, we shall find a way to do for our day what they did for theirs.”
-Mary McLeod Bethune
Dear Sisters and Friends, Our organization was founded in 1978 to be an advocate and celebrant of the accomplishments of Black women. We are a sisterhood of Black women in higher education. I am reminded of Johnetta Cole saying ‘black women in higher education includes not just the faculty, the researchers, and the students. It includes the administrators, the clerical support and the Black woman who may empty your trash.’ No matter the role, we are inclusive and supportive because we recognize that Black women have the power to make change in policy, programs, and people.
Black women have changed the face of college campuses across the nation. The Association of Black Women in Higher Education has had a transformative impact for over 35 years…and Still We Rise! We impact the academy in the same way we impact the world. From Henrietta Lacks in medicine, Gwendolyn Brooks in writing, Sadie T.M. Alexander in law, Barbara Jordan in politics, Dorothy Height in education, Venus and Serena Williams in tennis, Shonda Rhimes in television to Mo’ne Davis in Little League Baseball, Black women have long advanced every field into which we have ventured. It is with that knowledge that we prepare for our 2015 Conference, “Excellence to Eminence: The transformative power of Black women in the academy.” Please click the link and learn more about this exciting conference.
This is truly an exciting time in our history! We are at a watershed moment that will define for our people how we will respond to injustice. In 2015, we stood together in protest; reminiscent of the movement in the 1960’s for civil rights. Today, it is not just civil rights but human rights for which we fight for. In 1967, Dr. King called for us to be activists, to fight for equality and to eradicate poverty. Our political leaders and our children are calling us today. We must each answer! Do we have the courage and tenacity to stand firmly like a rock in the face of injustice? Are we in a moment or a movement?
I am encouraged by the activism of our youth through social media, the Blood Bucket Challenge and the Black Lives Matter campaign. I am inspired by the debates held on my campus to challenge injustice. When we stand together there is no limit to what we can do to create positive change in our community, our nation and our world.
Join us as we move from excellence to eminence. The revolution may actually be televised, but Black women won’t be watching because we will be on the frontlines using our power to transform the world!
A Luta Continua!
Dr. Valerie Dorsey Allen
“You just need to be a flea against injustice. Enough committed fleas biting strategically can make even the biggest dog uncomfortable and transform even the biggest nation.”
-Marion Wright Edelman