Magazine article The Crisis

Women in the CBC Highlighted

Magazine article The Crisis

Women in the CBC Highlighted

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POLITICS

A new exhibit and lesson plan recognizes the work of Black female politicians in the U.S.

In the average U.S. school curriculum, there are few examples of the achievements of African American women. Students are taught about Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and maybe Phillis Wheatley, but beyond these icons young girls know of few present-day examples of Black women they can follow. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is making an effort to help change this with its new "Women in the CBC" exhibit and lesson plan.

"There are a lot of bright girls now who are interested in politics," notes CBCF president Elsie Scott. "And they are interested in learning about our congresswomen."

Back in 2006, the CBCF created the online web site, Avoiceonline.org to highlight the achievements and work of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The online library features archived information about African Americans in Congress. It includes exhibits on members' work such as the long battle to enforce the Voting Rights Act and their role in the anti-apartheid movement in the United States.

Educators asked the CBCF to make lesson plans to use in classrooms.

Scott said it was important to create the "Women in the CBC" exhibit and lesson plan because when the initial group of African American congress people were elected just after the Civil War, not one of the representatives was a woman.

"African American congresswomen have played a very significant role when we talk about the roles of women in society and the roles of women in the political system," Scott said. …

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