The first Mother, the Black Woman. To revise and quote the not so elegant words of Nicki Minaj, “all you women is my sons”. Simply put, in the beginning there was her, the first woman, the black woman. While it may make many uncomfortable, it is rarely disputed that life started in Africa. And while it may make some uncomfortable, it is rarely disputed that all ethnicities, races, tribes and people began in the womb of Africa. Thus making her all humanity. The Black woman, the Mitochondrial Queen of the world is hereby the undisputed Mother of All.
” Scientists who compared the skulls and DNA of human remains from around the world say their results point to modern humans (Homo sapiens) having a single origin in Africa.”
“Previous studies have found that genetic differences in human populations can be explained by distance from Africa.”(http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/07/070718-african-origin.html)
“We infer from the tree of minimum length that Africa is a likely source of the human mitochondrial gene pool.”(http://dna1.genome.ou.edu/5853/outofafrica/MitoDNA-ACWilson-Nature1987.pdf)
The beauty, strength, and resilience of the black woman is indescribable. Black women are often the least protected class, yet seek to protect others most. The black woman fights, marches, yells, and cares for the wounded when called. Politics have shown us the black woman cast her vote more than any other demographic in America. In 2012 more than 70% of Black women voted; out-voting white women (65.6 percent), white men (62.6 percent), and black men (61.4 percent). Often casting that vote believing in equality, change, and protection for her young. The black woman made up 66% of all bachelor’s degrees given to black students in 2013. She made up 10% of all doctor’s degrees conferred by post-secondary institutions in 2015. Proving she is still progresses and evolving despite a culture poised against her. She is the rose growing through concrete.
The black woman is a mighty woman. She is the mother of many, protector of humanity, champion for justice, and a professor to those who thirst for knowledge. The black woman carries everyone on her shoulders daily and is often never seen. She may be a “hidden figure” like Katherine Johnson, a rule-breaker like Harriet Tubman, a ceiling-crusher like Oprah, a “sho-nuff-tough-chick” like Angela Davis, or the beautiful woman waiting at a bus stop. The black woman is every woman, and every one.