The origins of the term 'strong black woman' pays homage to our ancestors who prevailed through slavery and racism to raise the generations who would knock down walls of hatred and restriction. But, now, the term has come to be associated with something quite different.
Independence, aggressiveness, spitfire wit and the refusal to 'back down' or 'be disrespected' have become the hallmark of a group of women who, arguably, find themselves the most disrespected of all groups in contemporary American society.
What is the 'strong black woman' and is it something that we need to continue to claim?
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