Magazine article The Crisis

Honoring African American Women

Magazine article The Crisis

Honoring African American Women

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Again I have the privilege of temporarily serving as interim editor of The Crisis until the next editor in chief is named.

The task is not to present to you a new Crisis, but to maintain the high standards already established. It's a pleasure to bring my 70 years of life experience to bear - even in this brief editorial stint - and to exercise the aggregate skills I've developed as a book editor in trade and educational publishing and an editor in trade magazine publishing. The downside of being in the September of one's years is perhaps being more inclined to remembrance than to vision.

Nevertheless, the editorial calendar provided by the staff of The Crisis proved an invaluable guide. The current issue commemorates Women's History Month with features about trailblazers - young and old - who have made a difference in our nation. Our cover story looks at Black women in the military, particularly the accomplishments and challenges of Capt. Vernice G. Armour, the first Black woman combat pilot in history, who has served two tours of duty in Iraq. She is indeed a vision of the future.

We also profile three other trailblazers who have "been in the storm so long:" activist and actress Ruby Dee, union leader Lillian Roberts and attorney Margaret Bush Wilson. Now in or near their 80s, they are still fighting for truth and justice. These women overcame tremendous odds and endured the most challenging of circumstances. The world is fortunate that their dreams did not exceed their grasp. …

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