March Issue 2022

March Sheffield March 2022 Cover BLAC Detroit
March Sheffield for BLAC Detroit Magazine March 2022

Women doing it for themselves.

That behind every great man / There had to be a great woman / But in these times of change / You know that it’s no longer true / So we’re comin’ out of the kitchen.

These are the words so eloquently sung by Aretha Franklin on the Eurythmics song “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves.” These words resonate on a different level. Growing up — thinking back to career day — I didn’t see many women, especially Black women, in executive seats or owning businesses. Subconsciously, that sent a certain message.

Could we do it?

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To usher in Women’s History Month, this issue features Black women who are occupying seats at tables where women weren’t always allowed to sit. Their individual journeys are a celebration of Aretha Franklin’s lyrics.

Women doing it for themselves. Creating experiences for others.

In this issue, you will read about our Memphis City Editor Brenae Inge’s interview with parents, students, and educators to discuss what can be taught at home, amidst the two year pandemic. Then, there’s Beverly Dawn Whatley, MEd encouraging families to book time for book time — just in time for National Reading Month.

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” — Shirley Chisholm

Erikka Yvonne
Editor in Chief

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