February | Black Women Making History

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: When she competes at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Ibtihaj Muhammad will make history as the first member of Team USA to compete while wearing a hijab. Muhammad, secured her spot by winning a bronze medal during the fencing World Cup in Athens on (January 30. She is now the second-highest-ranking fencer on Team USA's women's squad. In an interview on TeamUSA.org, Muhammad said that she pursued fencing at the professional level in part to help break barriers in sports. In addition to being an outstanding competitor she's also an entrepreneur with a successful line of modest fashion you can find at Louella.com.
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Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: We can’t think of anything more black history than Beyonce’s performance at the 2016, 50th annual Super Bowl. Following in the footsteps of subtle protest and change makers like Rosa Parks, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and the Black Panther Party. Her video for Formation brought everything black history to the Super Bowl and the #Blacklivesmatter movement.  In case you missed it http://www.beyonce.com/#
February | Black Women Making History
Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Performer, Actress, and Philanthropist

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: We can’t think of anything more black history than Beyonce’s performance at the 2016, 50th annual Super Bowl. Following in the footsteps of subtle protest and change makers like Rosa Parks, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and the Black Panther Party. Her video for Formation brought everything black history to the Super Bowl and the #Blacklivesmatter movement. In case you missed it http://www.beyonce.com/#

Why they’re Walker’s Legacy: With all eyes on issues surrounding the number of black men and women losing their life at the hands of police and racism the country needed a movement and these ladies are definitely making history. What started by two sisters Patrisse and Opal, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was murdered, has blossomed into a worldwide movement and response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and our movements. Patisse Cullors was later added to assist in fully designing and incorporating the movement into what it is today. An affirmation of Black people’s contributions to society, humanity, and resilience in the face of deadly oppression.
February | Black Women Making History
Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza, Founders of Black Lives Matter Movement

Why they’re Walker’s Legacy: With all eyes on issues surrounding the number of black men and women losing their life at the hands of police and racism the country needed a movement and these ladies are definitely making history. What started by two sisters Patrisse and Opal, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was murdered, has blossomed into a worldwide movement and response to the anti-Black racism that permeates our society and our movements. Patisse Cullors was later added to assist in fully designing and incorporating the movement into what it is today. An affirmation of Black people’s contributions to society, humanity, and resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Green's personal history with cancer fuels her drive to find a way to treat it. As one of the less than 100 black female physicists in the country. Hadiyah recently won a $1.1 million grant to further the develop of a treatment she intends to implement on humans one day. Her groundbreaking technology works like this, a patient is injected with a drug containing nanoparticles which cause the patient's tumor to (glow) under imaging equipment. The goal is for a laser to activate the nanoparticles by heating them whereby making it easier to only treat the cancer cells instead of tearing down a person's entire body.
February | Black Women Making History
Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, Assistant Professor at Tuskegee University

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Green's personal history with cancer fuels her drive to find a way to treat it. As one of the less than 100 black female physicists in the country. Hadiyah recently won a $1.1 million grant to further the develop of a treatment she intends to implement on humans one day. Her groundbreaking technology works like this, a patient is injected with a drug containing nanoparticles which cause the patient's tumor to (glow) under imaging equipment. The goal is for a laser to activate the nanoparticles by heating them whereby making it easier to only treat the cancer cells instead of tearing down a person's entire body.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: When she competes at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Ibtihaj Muhammad will make history as the first member of Team USA to compete while wearing a hijab. Muhammad, secured her spot by winning a bronze medal during the fencing World Cup in Athens on (January 30. She is now the second-highest-ranking fencer on Team USA's women's squad. In an interview on TeamUSA.org, Muhammad said that she pursued fencing at the professional level in part to help break barriers in sports. In addition to being an outstanding competitor she's also an entrepreneur with a successful line of modest fashion you can find at Louella.com.
February | Black Women Making History
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic Competitor (Fencing) and Entrepreneur

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: When she competes at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Ibtihaj Muhammad will make history as the first member of Team USA to compete while wearing a hijab. Muhammad, secured her spot by winning a bronze medal during the fencing World Cup in Athens on (January 30. She is now the second-highest-ranking fencer on Team USA's women's squad. In an interview on TeamUSA.org, Muhammad said that she pursued fencing at the professional level in part to help break barriers in sports. In addition to being an outstanding competitor she's also an entrepreneur with a successful line of modest fashion you can find at Louella.com.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: She is an American attorney, politician, and member of the Democratic Party who has been the 32nd and current Attorney General of California since 2011.Harris graduated from Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law, then worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County, California from 1990 to 1998. Shaking up the Hill, many believe she is a front-runner to be chosen as the next supreme court judge to replace Scalia, who recently passed February 13th.
February | Black Women Making History
Kamala Harris - Attorney General of California

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: She is an American attorney, politician, and member of the Democratic Party who has been the 32nd and current Attorney General of California since 2011.Harris graduated from Howard University and University of California, Hastings College of the Law, then worked as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County, California from 1990 to 1998. Shaking up the Hill, many believe she is a front-runner to be chosen as the next supreme court judge to replace Scalia, who recently passed February 13th.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: In late 2012, Finney founded digitalundivided a social enterprise that develops programs that increase the active participation of urban communities, especially women, in the digital space. For three years, DID hosted the FOCUS100 Conference, considered to be the "most diverse tech conferences" the first weekend of Oct in New York City.  She also spearheaded the FOCUS Fellows program, a tech incubator and fellowship program that provides diverse women founders with training and access to various startup resources, including support, mentorship, and seed funding.

Finney's work in the area of tech entrepreneurship has been recognized by several press outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Pando Daily, and New York Times. She is also known as the founder of The Budget Fashionista, named by MSN as one of the 100 most useful sites on the web.
February | Black Women Making History
Kathryn Finney - Founder, DigitalUndivided

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: In late 2012, Finney founded digitalundivided a social enterprise that develops programs that increase the active participation of urban communities, especially women, in the digital space. For three years, DID hosted the FOCUS100 Conference, considered to be the "most diverse tech conferences" the first weekend of Oct in New York City. She also spearheaded the FOCUS Fellows program, a tech incubator and fellowship program that provides diverse women founders with training and access to various startup resources, including support, mentorship, and seed funding. Finney's work in the area of tech entrepreneurship has been recognized by several press outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Pando Daily, and New York Times. She is also known as the founder of The Budget Fashionista, named by MSN as one of the 100 most useful sites on the web.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: On Feb. 9th, Lt. Gen Nadja West was honored in a ceremony officially formalizing her promotion to three-star general, making her the first African-American woman to achieve that rank in the United States Army. She is also the highest-ranking woman of any race to have graduated from West Point.

The promotion and ceremony follows the 54-year-old’s confirmation by the Senate as the new Army Surgeon General and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) as of December. As such, West will be assisting and advising the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff in relation to all health care matters in the Army, in addition to overseeing development, organization, policy direction, and other matters relative to the Army-wide health care systems.
February | Black Women Making History
Nadja West, Three Star General, US Army

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: On Feb. 9th, Lt. Gen Nadja West was honored in a ceremony officially formalizing her promotion to three-star general, making her the first African-American woman to achieve that rank in the United States Army. She is also the highest-ranking woman of any race to have graduated from West Point. The promotion and ceremony follows the 54-year-old’s confirmation by the Senate as the new Army Surgeon General and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) as of December. As such, West will be assisting and advising the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff in relation to all health care matters in the Army, in addition to overseeing development, organization, policy direction, and other matters relative to the Army-wide health care systems.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: With few African-American leading education in California, Michelle King definitely stands out. Having been educated in the in L.A. Unified schools and spending her entire career there starting in 1978, when she took a job as a student aide. there was no better choice. King is breaking ground with  2.6 percent of superintendents in the 947 elementary, high school and K-12 districts in the state being black, according to a list compiled by the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators, or CAAASA. Longtime district observers have described King as someone who worked her way up quickly through management by being a team player and loyal to her superiors. And now that she has taken on this role she vows to do a “Listening Tour” of campuses to get feedback about setting the right priorities and pledged to bring people together on behalf of improving schools.
February | Black Women Making History
Michelle King - School Superintendent, Los Angeles, CA

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: With few African-American leading education in California, Michelle King definitely stands out. Having been educated in the in L.A. Unified schools and spending her entire career there starting in 1978, when she took a job as a student aide. there was no better choice. King is breaking ground with 2.6 percent of superintendents in the 947 elementary, high school and K-12 districts in the state being black, according to a list compiled by the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators, or CAAASA. Longtime district observers have described King as someone who worked her way up quickly through management by being a team player and loyal to her superiors. And now that she has taken on this role she vows to do a “Listening Tour” of campuses to get feedback about setting the right priorities and pledged to bring people together on behalf of improving schools.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: History was made in January 2016 when Essex County swore in Spruill as one of the first women and black persons to serve as Chief Detective in this county. In addition Spruill is one of the first African American’s in recent history to reach this position by moving through the ranks. She entered this role well respected by her colleagues and is extremely honored to be a part of the female duo with female Chief Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.
February | Black Women Making History
Quovella Spruill, Chief Detective, Essex County, New Jersey

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: History was made in January 2016 when Essex County swore in Spruill as one of the first women and black persons to serve as Chief Detective in this county. In addition Spruill is one of the first African American’s in recent history to reach this position by moving through the ranks. She entered this role well respected by her colleagues and is extremely honored to be a part of the female duo with female Chief Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Following in the footsteps of our namesake, Jimmere is making things easier, healthier and taking the dread out of hair washing for many African-American women. Thanks to Jimmere’s creative solution to this common inconvenience she is now the first and only African-American to hold a patent for a natural hair care product. The Detroit native is CEO and founder of Naturalicious, a natural hair care company that produces their flagship patented product, Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment. Jimmere proudly exclaims that “it does the work of 13 products in four simple steps.” The system can reduce hair washing time to 30 minutes by including a wash, condition, deep conditioner, leave-in and detangler, all in one. Obtaining the patent wasn’t an easy feat. She didn’t want to nor did she have $10,000 to $30,000 to spend on an attorney to get a patent. Instead, she spent approximately eight months researching patent law. After she felt comfortable applying, it took about 15 months before she received the patent, a total of almost two years.Be sure and visit Naturalicous to learn about all her hair and skin care products. (information from Atlanta Black Star)
February | Black Women Making History
Gwen Jimmere, Founder of Naturalicous, hair care company

Why she’s Walker’s Legacy: Following in the footsteps of our namesake, Jimmere is making things easier, healthier and taking the dread out of hair washing for many African-American women. Thanks to Jimmere’s creative solution to this common inconvenience she is now the first and only African-American to hold a patent for a natural hair care product. The Detroit native is CEO and founder of Naturalicious, a natural hair care company that produces their flagship patented product, Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment. Jimmere proudly exclaims that “it does the work of 13 products in four simple steps.” The system can reduce hair washing time to 30 minutes by including a wash, condition, deep conditioner, leave-in and detangler, all in one. Obtaining the patent wasn’t an easy feat. She didn’t want to nor did she have $10,000 to $30,000 to spend on an attorney to get a patent. Instead, she spent approximately eight months researching patent law. After she felt comfortable applying, it took about 15 months before she received the patent, a total of almost two years.Be sure and visit Naturalicous to learn about all her hair and skin care products. (information from Atlanta Black Star)

In honor of Black History Month, this month’s Walker’s Legacy List is all about black women making history. Check out these trailblazing women making firsts, stirring up the world, and breaking through the glass ceiling.

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