I came across an article that spotlighted African American women in their 50s, 60s, and beyond. Most are invisible to the media, but if you can, it will bless your life to include them as black women role models and mentors who have lived, learned and say “I’m still here, and I still got lots more to say.” Women who are not afraid to reinvent themselves (I am one of them – returned to college at age 48) when the old life no longer fits.
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
This article saluted scholar, educator, anthropologist, public thinker, feminist activist, Dr. Johnetta B. Cole.
After years of serving as president of Spelman (1987-1997) and Bennett Colleges (2002-2007) and being an ardent advocate for women’s education, in March of this year Dr. Johnnetta Cole was appointed the new director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.
Did I mention that Johnetta Cole is in her 70s? Google her and you’ll find her exact age. But that’s the beauty of her story. In fact, that’s the whole point of this blogpost. A woman changing her mind, discovering new parts of herself, reinventing herself long past the age of lactation and lust (of the achy, breaky sort that is). Reinventing herself and finding new things to do with her life after 60, the age when a woman is all but invisible and is expected to dodder and stay put in one place.
This was so inspiring that I am excited about my future. Black women are awesome.