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Painting of Jean-Jacques Dessalines (from the Haitian American Museum in Chicago)

This is a Handsel from SHE to YOU,


Happy New Year!


On this day, 215 years ago in 1804, General Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a former slave, declared Haiti to be a FREE independent nation and he became the country’s first ruler.  With that declaration, Haiti (formerly Saint-Domingue) became the first sovereign Black nation in the Western Hemisphere.  The Haitians had thrown off the yoke of slavery and colonialism by defeating Napoleon’s mighty French military. The Haitian Revolution, which had begun in 1791, was now won.  Stunningly, it is said that Dessalines could not read or write, but like many Black people who emerged from slavery, he, too, was brilliant.



What do YOU need to declare your independence from in 2019?

(BECAUSE you have the power to do it.)



Haiti is important because the seemingly impossible feat they accomplished—running the French enslavers and colonizers out of their land—was an audacious and bold quest; but, it was a quest for that which every human being wants—freedom and the right to self-determination.  This tiny nation on the small island of Hispaniola defeated what was then considered the most extraordinary military in the world (supposedly, led by the sharpest military mind).  As usual, western powers had completely underestimated the strategic and perspicacious minds of Haiti’s warriors, which included the charismatic Toussaint Louverture, Dessalines, Henri Christophe, and Alexandre Pétion.


Haiti’s sustained struggle and victory would have tremendous ramifications for enslaved people in the United States.  It inspired and encouraged our ancestors to keep fighting for their freedom.  There had been many acts of resistance by Black people in this land, including the New York Slave Revolt of 1712 and the 1739 Stono Rebellion (Cato’s Conspiracy) in South Carolina.  But three of the most well-known insurrections took place during and after the Haitian Revolution.  They were led by Gabriel (Prosser) and his wife, Nanny (1800 in Virginia), Denmark Vesey (1822 in South Carolina), and Nat Turner (1831 in Virginia).  


Gabriel, Nanny, Vesey, and Turner were all erudite, strong, charismatic, and, now, honored leaders who simply wanted to liberate their people from the savagery of American slavery.  They wanted the same thing Europeans who came here wanted—freedom. (As one of the most celebrated White American colonists, Attorney Patrick Henry, said at the time of the American Revolution in 1775, “Give me liberty or give me death.”)


In many ways, the actions of Gabriel, Nanny, Vesey, and Turner were game-changers, as they helped make it more and more obvious to many White people that the institution of slavery was not going to be sustainable.  


     “If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.”  Malcolm X



**Can’t get to Haiti to explore the culture and sites and to learn more about the history of the country, then visit the Haitian American Museum of Chicago, under the capable leadership of Co-Founder and President, Elsie Hector Hernandez, at 4654 North Racine Avenue.  (

(l to r:  Elsie Hector Hernandez, Co-Founder and President of the Haitian American Museum of Chicago and Dr. Rhonda Sherrod, Founder and President of SHE in Chicago, December, 29, 2018)


My friend, Anthony (Tony) Browder, is a brilliant "Cultural Memory Specialist," Egyptologist, and overall scholar on the whole continent of Africa.  He has traveled to Egypt 45 times and his knowledge of metaphysics is spellbinding.  He has conducted study tours to Egypt, West Africa, South Africa, and Mexico.  He is so deep!  I have seen him lecture in different cities and he is just a marvel to behold.  His video, Egypt on the Potomac, illustrates how much of the architecture of Washington, DC, the nation's capitol, is modeled after the architectural wonders on Africa.  He also discusses the symbolism present.  (You can watch the video on youtube!)


This knowledge is necessary and life sustaining.  As people who have endured so much trauma, it is soothing to see how other people have copied the work of Black people who have been told that they never contributed anything to civilization, yet everything we "contribute" gets appropriated.  The fact is, we form the foundation upon which all human civilization sits.  What a brilliant people we are!


                                Knowledge, Drink It Up!

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Quote of the Day

January 24, 2019


”Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”


Mary Oliver, 




Quote of the Day

January 23, 2019


“The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.”


Ida B. Wells,

World Class Journalist, and Human Rights/Writes Activist


Quote of the Day

January 22, 2019


"The best way to predict the future is to create it."


Abraham Lincoln,

16th President of the USA



Happy King Day!

(January 21, 2019)


Thank you Dr. King for a life well lived.

So much love for you!


"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle."


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human Rights Leader and Martyr 



Quote of the Day

January 14, 2019


"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."


Stoic Philosopher



Happy New Year!


Quote of the Day

(January 1, 2019)


“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.” 


Janelle Monae, singer, actress, model, songwriter, and producer



 Quote of the Week

(December 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019)


”It’s not about supplication, it’s about power.  It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding.  It’s not about convincing those who are in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” 


Kimberle Williams Crenshaw,

Brilliant Law Professor at Columbia University and UCLA


Quote of the Week

November 18, 2018


”I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”


Fannie Lou Hamer,

Human rights activist



Quote of the Week

November 11, 2018


“You are your best thing.” 


Toni Morrison,

Canonic award -winning author


Quote of the Week

November 5, 2018


“Art hurts.  Art urges voyages-and it is easier to stay at home.”


Gwendolyn Brooks, 

Poet, educator, First African American to win a Pulitzer Prize



Quote of the Month

November, 2018


“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”


Elbert Hubbard,

American writer & publisher



Quote of the Week

October 28, 2018


“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”


Joseph Campbell,

American author and educator



Quote of the Week

October 1, 2018


“We must do more to raise awareness about the realities of sexual assault; confront and change insensitive attitudes wherever they persist; enhance training and education in the criminal justice system; and expand access to critical health, legal, and protection services for survivors.”  


Barack Obama, President of the United States (2009-2017) 


Quote of the Week

September 23, 2018


"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice, he is the worst."



(#Justice for Laquan McDonald)



Quote of the Week

September 16, 2018


"This nation cannot endure half democracy and half mobocracy, half civilized and half savage."


William Henry Lewis,

All American Harvard football player (1892-93) & first Black assistant Attorney General of the US


(For more on William H. Lewis, click the SHE for HIM tab above!)




Quote of the Month



"Whether you have a PhD or no D, we are in this bag together.  Whether you're from Morehouse or Nohouse, we're still in this bag together."


Fannie Lou Hamer,

brilliant activist and strategist




Quote of the Week

August 26, 2018


“Being a singer is a natural gift.  It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use.  I’m happy with that.”


Aretha Franklin,

The Queen

of Soul


(For more on the Queen, click on the SHESTORY tab above!)



Quote of the Week

August 19, 2018


“In the campaign debate, one of the things we talked about was his experience versus my inexperience.  I said, ‘I have a right to go up there and make a fool of myself.  I'll never know until I get up there.  If you're going to always judge people -- women, Blacks, Indians,  whatever-- against a white person who has had more advantages, more opportunities, and a quicker starting time, then we should never participate in anything.’”


Carrie Saxon Perry,

First Black woman mayor of a major U. S. city (Hartford, CT)





Quote of the Week

August 12, 2018


“If you don't have a lens that's been trained to look at how various forms of discrimination come together, you're unlikely to develop a set of policies that will be as inclusive as they need to be."


Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

Professor, Columbia and UCLA Law Schools




Quote of the Week

August 5, 2018


"Never trust anyone who says they do not see color.  This means, to them, you are invisible."


Nayyirah Waheed, poet and author



Quote of the Week

June 10, 2018


"We are stars wrapped in skin, the light we are seeking has always been within."


Islamic mystic, poet, and scholar


Quote of the Month


"At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country.  Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg, or your brain, it's still an illness, and there should be no distinction."



Michelle Obama






Quote of the Week

April 1, 2018


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Rev. Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr.,

Human rights

activist and martyr



Quote of the Month


"She knew wonderful simples for ailments of body and soul, and bound up both in earthy ointments."

Lillian Smith





Quote of the Week 


March 24, 2018


"You're going to


struggle, so surround


yourself with people you




King T'Chaka to


King T'Challa


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Quote of the Month


March, 2018


"The Black Panther


Party was not a 


gang.  They grew


 out of a young


Black intelligensia on


college campuses."


Bobby Seale


 Co-founder of the


Black Panther Party






Quote of the Week


February 4, 2018


"Grab the broom of


anger, and drive off the


beast of fear."  


Zora Neale Hurston,

Author & Anthropologist




Quote of the Week

January 27, 2018


Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time.  If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday."  

Wilma Rudolph,

Olympic Goal Medalist




Quote of the Week

January 21, 2018


"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

Mark Twain, 

Author and humorist



Quote of the Week

January 14 , 2018


"As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you the first time around."


Oprah Winfrey,

Media Mogul



Quote of the Week

January 7, 2018


"There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise."


Dr. W.E. B. DuBois

Scholar Extraordinaire



Quote of the Week

January 1, 2018


New beginnings, y'all! Another year, another opportunity to become who we came here to be. Let's focus on discovering the tools and strategies we need to move forward.  Then, each and EVERY single day, let's try to use those strategies.  It might not be easy, but it will sure be worth it!"

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod

Soul Survivor



Quote of the Month

January, 2018


"Trust yourself.  Think for yourself.  Act for yourself. Speak for yourself.  Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.",

Marva Collins, 

Highly-esteemed teacher


"I am a woman -- gorgeously designed, brilliant, charming, mysterious, funny, bewitching, cool, and, most of all, uniquely purposed. I am my own phenomenal being, and I own and govern myself!"


 Dr. Rhonda Sherrod



"Dipped in Chocolate, Bronzed in Elegance, Enameled with Grace, Toasted with Beauty.

My Lord, She's a Black Woman." 


Dr. Yosef





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