Initiative Gets $1 Million to Record Black Women’s Histories

Former CEO of Xerox Ursula Burns recently donated $1 million to the Women’s Maker Initiative to record Black women’s histories. She herself made history as the first Black woman to head a Fortune 500 company.

“We have to value our own stories,” said Burns in an interview. “We have to teach ourselves to actually value ourselves in our society.” The initiative was formed under the umbrella of The HistoryMakers, an oral archive of the recorded stories of more than 3,3000 African Americans.

Julieanna Richardson, founder of the The HistoryMakers, was gifted the donation by Burns at the initiative’s launch at a luncheon January 31st.  “We have so much potential to leave a historical record that will not have any chance to being erased, that is what is exceedingly important to me,” said Richardson about the initiative.

Anita Hill is one of a number of high-profile women on the advisory committee and will help decide the 180 women whose stories will be told.

The Realist Woman’s take:

Black women have and will always look out for Black women. We have always made history, but we were never given the credit. 

This initiative is so important because we’re only doing the public a service by educating them on the contributions of those who have made a difference in the lives of those they would never meet.

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