Winning Essay by Mya A., Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Winning Essay by Mya A., Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

When most people hear “influential Black women”, they think of Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, or even Beyoncé. They’re rich, famous, and have contributed so much to Black Culture. They serve as positive public figures for little Black girls to look up to.

However, when I think of an influential Black woman, I don’t think of Rosa Parks or Harriet Tubman. I don’t think of Angela Davis or Maya Angelou. All of these women are outstanding role models in the African American community and truly exemplify what it means to have “Black Girl Magic”. In an effort to celebrate Black History Month, I would like to acknowledge yet another strong African American woman that has not only influenced me, but also many women and children in my community. This remarkable woman has served as a police officer for the City of Miami for 12 years. She has dedicated her life to her badge, putting her life on the line for the people. Alongside serving and protecting her community, she created a local organization called “Lady Cops Rock”. Lady Cops Rock has helped within the community by donating food and clothing to the homeless, mentoring youth, and hosting toy drives for less fortunate families with children. They provide updates about criminal activity and honor strong women in the community.

This amazing woman is also known for being one of several women who created the Girl Talk Global movement in Miami, Florida. Girl Talk is a platform and sisterhood that allows women to speak about real life issues, while empowering and uplifting others. They host monthly events to bring women of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds together. Girl Talk Global is not only an informative platform, but also a fun and social group. They have hosted speed dating events for professional singles to come out and mingle!

In addition to her law enforcement career and various efforts to support the community, she selflessly opened her heart and her home to become a foster parent. She has fostered more than 10 children in the past 20 years. She even adopted two of these children and I am able to call them both my brother and sister. The astonishing woman described in this essay is my mother, Catina Maria Anderson. She has inspired me to be selfless, giving, and dedicated in all aspects of life. Knowing that there are other women out there like her motivates me to work harder, so that one day I can be in a position where I have the luxury, will, and drive to help, love, and support others.

There are so many influential African American men and women worldwide who have fought for the rights of African Americans, but we cannot forget about the ones that start at home. They are the cornerstones of their families and their communities. Although they are lesser known and do not share the same wealth and fame as other prominent figures, they deserve to be recognized for all that they do.


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