Hair She Buzz: 3 Women likely to carry baton of Maya Angelou | Cultural Matriarchs

Hair She Buzz -- When describing Dr Maya Angelou over mourning period and into history, many will describe Angelou as maternal, a matriarch, or model of one carrying weight of a culture as a thought leader. Angelou gave birth to a way of thinking, processing, and responsibility to a culture - black culture and beyond.  A mother in a movement.  Unafraid, unapologetic, yet forgiving.  She helped a people move beyond anger to actions through her poetry, storytelling, and activism.  Many will ask -- who will be the next Maya Angelou?

Don't think for one minute that Maya Angelou didn't build an army of women to follow in her footsteps -- to carry the baton.  You may see one or two, here or there, but she knew to touch lives -- near and far.

Oprah is a given. But while Oprah is only one, there are cultural matriarchs who gave birth to ideologies conducive to our uniqueness.  We started building a short list for you below:

johnnetta b cole maya angelouJohnnetta Betsch Cole (born October 19, 1936) is an American anthropologist, educator and museum director. Cole was the first African-American female president of Spelman College, a historically black college, serving from 1987 to 1997. She was president of Bennett College from 2002 to 2007. Since 2009, she has been Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, located in Washington, DC.[2] In 2013, the Winston-Salem Chronicledescribed Cole as a distinguished educator, cultural anthropologist, and humanitarian. Wikipedia

bev-smith maya angelouBev Smith blazed a trail in the broadcasting industry that will stand the test of time for future generations.  Bev used her voice to advocate on behalf of African American citizens and people of all color globally. Never afraid to tackle controversial issues, Bev’s style is to get to the point in a straight up, direct and passionate manner. Her mantra to fans is to “Stand Up, Be Counted and Get involved.” Smith has a front row seat to interview some of the world’s most prominent kings and leaders, top politicians and CEO’s, high profiled entertainers and celebrities, community organizers and good old fashion, grassroots, hard working folks.

malveaux_webDr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emertia of Bennett College for Women. An economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more. A committed activist and civic leader, Dr. Malveaux held positions in women’s, civil rights, and policy organizations. Currently she serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust. Malveaux is also President of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

This is a live blog as we continue to build our list.  Who would you add to the list.  Tweet us @DryerBuzz and let's build together.

VideoBuzz: NMAfA Director Johnnetta Betsch Cole in conversation with Maya Angelou

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