On March 9, 2019, in honor of Women’s History Month, a group of business, civic and community leaders came together to celebrate Illinois' 2019 African-American trailblazers.
This was a multi-generational celebration where women of all ages came together for this very special group of African-American leaders, lifting them up in their new roles. This year’s Women’s History Month theme was “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence. The theme honors women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.”
We also celebrated the woman’s suffrage movement which was a decades long fight to win the right for women to vote in the United States, which led to the passage of the 19th Amendment giving all women voting rights.
Illinois‘ very own Ida B. Wells played a role in the Women's Suffrage Movement, taking her rightful place as a participant in the historic march in support of women's voting rights. The honorees are the embodiment of the tenacity and endurance necessary to succeed as leaders.
The honorees are African-American women who for the first time in Illinois' history were appointed or voted into significant leadership roles in federal, state and local elective offices. This year’s honorees were:
The Honorable Carrie Austin
The Honorable Kimberly Foxx
The Honorable Robin Kelly
Dyanna Knight Lewis
Mary Richardson Lowry
Dr. Suzet McKinney
Melody Spann Cooper