Rebecca’s journey began with a small step: entering the archives to track down the silenced stories of women’s resistance. Your small step of support can also create a huge change in how our history is told.
When a slave ship revolted, the ship owners noted an “insurrection of cargo” in the insurance documents. Behind those words hides the incredible bravery of those who risked everything to fight for their freedom. Your donation helps to bring their stories to light.
The Ahosi were the fierce woman warriors of the Dahomey Kingdom, and the inspiration for the Dora Milaje warriors in the Black Panther series. They remind us that African women forced into chattel slavery often came from backgrounds that taught them how to resist, with power and discipline.
Though the women warriors Rebecca found in the archives died long ago, their actions fed a river of resistance that remains with us. Your generous gift allows us to spread their names and stories far and wide, allowing the world to finally give them the honor they deserve.
We live in the wake of slavery. It continues to shape our institutions and our daily lives. But we can build power by connecting to the stories of those who fought against it. Your generous donation will allow thousands of others to awaken to the heritage of resistance they left us.