In the midst of the Rachel Dolezal scandal, Professor Blair L. M. Kelley used twitter to help change the conversation to focus on black women who have helped our own community.
#WeHelpOurselves is a way for black women to uplift each other and show that we don't need help from appropriators.And yesterday I started the hash #WeHelpOurselves to dispute the notion that Rachael Dolezal has done more than most black women to help...— Blair LM Kelley (@profblmkelley) June 17, 2015
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander ,was the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D #WeHelpOurselves pic.twitter.com/xhKbuaIisX— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) June 17, 2015
Bessie Coleman was the first Black female pilot and and to hold an international pilot license #WeHelpOurselves pic.twitter.com/uGoyZIETKD— BlackGirlNerds (@BlackGirlNerds) June 17, 2015
These Black women paved the way and made it possible for Black women in film today. #WeHelpOurselves #actualBlack pic.twitter.com/TYS0hmsI8m— Q U E E N (@BreyionnaNashay) June 17, 2015
Coretta Scott King. Women's Rights, Civil Rights and Gay/Lesbian Rights Activist. #WeHelpOurselves pic.twitter.com/MPAb4Pjk1f— BGD (@BlackGirlDanger) June 17, 2015
Mary McLeod Bethune started @bethunecookman with six students and a $1.50. Seriously, #WeHelpOurselves pic.twitter.com/8Z84t4SgOb— C.A. deGregory, PhD (@HBCUstorian) June 17, 2015
#WeHelpOurselves - Debi Thomas @Orthodeb National, World, Olympic Figure skater. Now an orthopaedic surgeon pic.twitter.com/ti8c6fsrjJ— Valerie A. Hawkins (@valsadie) June 17, 2015
#MarshaPJohnson activist, performance artist, liberator. One of the mothers of stonewall. #WeHelpOurselves pic.twitter.com/i5RCSp74z2— Dane Figueroa Edidi (@THELadyDane) June 17, 2015
Dr. Alexa Canady in 1976, at age 26, became the first black female neurosurgeon in the U.S. #WeHelpOurselves pic.twitter.com/UqkvFQHCFu— ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ʝ.мαѕon (@xoxojasminem) June 17, 2015
@AudraEqualityMc actress, singer, the first person to win all four Tony's in the actor category. #WeHelpOurselves pic.twitter.com/JNoMOSmuxb— Dane Figueroa Edidi (@THELadyDane) June 17, 2015
Writer, poet & literary critic Jessie Redmon Fauset played a pivotal role in the Harlem Renaissance. #WeHelpOurselves pic.twitter.com/zlQowB3jRe— Cynthia Marie (@iamcynmarie) June 17, 2015
Marilyn Mosby. Lawyer, youngest state prosecutor, reminding us #BlackLivesMatter. #WeHelpOurselves pic.twitter.com/UjMRxBgAGI— Black Girl Fly Mag (@BlackGirlFlyMag) June 17, 2015
Keep spreading the love and encouragement by using #WeHelpOurselves. Thank you ProfessorAbsolutely, #WeHelpOurselves! In NYC city gov alone, we have @mayawiley, @SholaOlatoye, @RPLNYC & so many more... pic.twitter.com/fWCO7f4sT5— Chirlane McCray (@Chirlane) June 17, 2015
Kelley for starting this beautiful trend!