When I first saw the event page for this march on Facebook, I knew I had to be there. Rallying, supporting and forming unique voices into harmonious chords for the bettering of issues in common is a big part of the social and political fabric of our country; past and future. The first March for Black Women Houston was held on March 3rd, 2018.
The event’s organizers, Nisha Randle and Kandice Webber, attended the March for Black Women last year in Washington, D.C. They wanted to bring some of that experience home to Houston. The march in D.C. was created in response to an apparent lack of representation for women of color in the larger Women’s March.
“People think marches are super political, but this march is more about celebrating the contributions of black women and the strengths they have in this community,”
In a Houston Chronicle article covering the event, Nisha is quoted as saying “People think marches are super political, but this march is more about celebrating the contributions of black women and the strengths they have in this community.” That sentiment was certainly echoed by the event’s attendees, which thankfully included a very diverse crowd of allies and supporters of all ethnicities and ages. Amanda Edwards, member of the Houston City Council and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee were among the notable speakers. Most inspiring for me was the speech of young Tchanori Kone, the 2018 winner of the Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. Her piece, Tchanori’s Dream, echoed and elaborated on Dr. King’s I have a dream speech bringing attention to how disappointed King would be in the current education system, lack of access to affordable healthcare, and struggles to have decent meals that plague and distract the youth of our nation from learning and growing.
Hearing Educator and Motivational Speaker, Jotina Buck, speak about the importance of unity and support among black mothers – particularly supporting those with school aged children – was also a powerful call to action.
I was glad to attend the march with my sister. She and I both enjoyed the performance by Genesis Blu, a stirring rap artist who is also a psychotherapist. Her song Melanin Monroe provided the hype the crowd needed right before marching from Emancipation Park to the Library of Texas Southern University.
The speakers and performers were all authentic, inspired, dedicated and informed. the atmosphere of the entire march event was electric, pure positive energy. It was truly an honor to attend this inaugural event. I hope to help with similar events in the future.