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Black History Month: The Legacy of Maggie Walker

Richmond, Virginia, my hometown, has a complicated history. As a Richmond resident, or if you’ve turned on the news within the last five years, you’d know it’s home to a few grandiose reminders of our continued struggle with racial equality. And while these unpleasant reminders may fade into the monotony of our day-to-day lives, their presence still lingers in the back of our minds. However, Richmond’s newest statue is of a black woman whose expert public relations skills gave rise to the oldest black owned bank in Richmond. Her influence and ideals are still a guiding light in the community today.

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Black History Month: Zora Neale Hurston & the Harlem Renaissance

When I was a little girl learning about the Black excellence of our past, I was amazed by their talent, intellect and resilience. Many were trailblazers with no footsteps to guide them – they created the paths that we walk today. With that in mind, I’m humbled to share my thoughts on a prominent African American leader who inspires me.

Meet Zora Neale Hurston: A name you don’t always hear when you talk about legendary authors from the early 20th century. She was a novelist, an anthropologist, a folklorist, and a leader among the Harlem Renaissance—a cultural, social and artistic migration in the 1920s and 1930s to Harlem, New York; it’s also known as the “rebirth of African American arts.” Zora was known for being humorous, having an infectious personality and being extremely intelligent.

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