Happy Black History Month, from Running Start!

Every February since 1976 has been designated Black History Month in the United States, with the intention of celebrating the unique accomplishments, identities and culture(s) of Black people across the country and the world.

Running Start is celebrating Black History Month in part by uplifting past blog posts written by some of the incredible Black women in our community. They are all trailblazers in their own right, contributing to representation and inclusion of young Black women in politics. Read on to learn more about them and why they’re committed to being leaders!

Pictured, L-R: Allyson Carpenter, Cierra Jackson, Reniya Dinkins and a group of high school women, Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah, Yolian Ogbu.

By Yolian Ogbu

This post from Running Start’s 2020 #ILookLikeAPolitician Ambassador has it all: an important Eritrean proverb, an inspiring path to leadership and a reflection on the experience of a lifetime.

By Ewurama Appiagyei-Dankah

Ewurama reflects on the lack of representation that frustrated her, despite her passion for politics, and her hopes going into her tenure as Running Start’s 2019 #ILookLikeAPolitician Ambassador.

By Reniya Dinkins

Poet Ntozake Shange wrote bravely about the power of authenticity in personal development. Her words reminded Reniya about the importance of self-love and space for growth as a young woman of color.

By Cierra Jackson

Running Start’s 2018 #ILookLikeAPolitician Ambassador said it best: “Only you were given the vision into your future and greatness. You, and only you, know the gifts you hold.”

By Allyson Carpenter

Organizations that want to increase women’s political engagement have to meet them where they are — and for Allyson, Running Start met her literally where she was, in her college residence hall for an Elect Her workshop!

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