The D.C. Lottery 2012 Black History Poster honors a sampling of women who fashioned themselves and our country a new model from America's political blueprint. "Lifting a Nation: Black Women in Politics" examines the achievements of African-American women from chattel to Congress. During enslavement, African-American women raised their voices for citizenship, abolition and suffrage.
And their calls and actions toward the actualization of our country's dearest truths for all Americans have never quieted. The poster honors such notables as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 'Black Cabinet' Mary McLeod Bethune, and the first woman to run for mayor of the District of Columbia, Patricia Roberts Harris, among others.
"We are honored and humbled by the achievements of the women outlined in the 2012 poster. Many of the names we recognize, but will never know the true depth of their sacrifices that have made us a stronger and better nation. Their achievements truly 'lift us all,'" notes Buddy Roogow, executive director of the D.C. Lottery.This year marks the 26th anniversary of the agency's Black History poster. The poster, given freely to the public, honors distinguished achievements and events in African-American history. Past posters have highlighted jazz on U Street, Negro league baseball and D.C.'s own Homestead Grays, and Bolling v. Sharp (the decision that ended school desegregation in the District)."Historically, Black women have worked tirelessly behind the scenes as instruments of political change," said Sylvia Cyrus, executive director of Association for the Study of African American Life and History."
While not always given credit for our efforts, Black women have always been involved in our struggle for dignity and justice. It is in those struggles where we've been most involved that we have gained our greatest victories!" states Dr. E. Faye Williams, national chair of the National Congress of Black Women, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational, political, economic, and cultural development of African-American Women and their families.