Surfing the net in a bid to find introverted black women heroes in different fields of life, I realized that being an introvert also comes with a lot of ‘problems’ and disapproval from people. Regardless of all these “problems” a lot of women especially Black women; the centre of today’s article, have stood the test of time as introverts and climbed up the ladder.
In today’s episode of our Introvert Series, we share with you 5 introverted black women who have inspired and made me proud to be an introvert.
You might be surprised to hear that Oprah, a talk show host, actress and billionaire philanthropist is the first on this list. On the 20th of April 2018, she had an interview with Amy Schumer where she said she and Amy are alike as introverts and she was in love with the bathroom. She has gone through a lot but was never stuck at a point and kept moving on.
An African-American civil rights activist, popularly known for initiating the civil rights movement in the United States. At a time when racism was the order of the day, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in a Montgomery, Alabama bus to a white passenger not because she was physically tired but because she was “tired of giving in”. Due to her introverted nature, she was arrested and lost her job but endured and stood against social and racial injustice.
A former United States Secretary of State from 2005-2009 and currently the director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Though born during the days of segregation and racism, she was able to achieve a lot like being the first woman and African-American woman to hold a position as Provost of StanFord university. She is believed to be an introvert but regardless of this, has gone ahead to achieve success.
A popular author and reporter who writes mostly about music, identity and culture. Her first book is titled In Our Shoes. In one of her twitter posts, she expressed expressed frustration to her audience about her workplace as an introverted Black woman working on an all-white team.
Sharon Hurley Hall
The founder and curator-in-chief of Sharon’s Anti-Racism Newsletter (SARN). She and her sister Lisa Hurley are introverts contributing their own parts in normalizing introversion through their podcast and books. They are a true motivation for female introverts and introverts in general.
My final words? Never be afraid to be BLACK and INTROVERTED.
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