Why we should all be talking about Imelme Umana
Imelme Umana was on 30th of January 2017 elected president of Harvard’s Law Review. The twenty four year old Nigerian, a doctorate candidate at Harvard Law School became the first black woman to achieve that feat in 130 years.
Clutch magazine reported that Umana is most interested in exploring stereotypes of black women in American political discourse. This will not be far off from the strides she is taking, making history just like former POTUS Barack Obama who was the first black American to serve as president of the Harvard Law Review.
Umana’s story is most peculiar to us not just because she is a black woman, but because she is a black Nigerian woman. For a country that has rules bordered so firmly against patriarchy, for a country that is teeming with male chauvinists, a country that still holds intense arguments about cooking being gender specific, Umana is certainly shattering the glass ceiling.
This however is not the first time she is attaining an unimaginable feat. In 2014, she graduated with a BA in Joint Concentration in African American Studies and Government from Harvard University and was active on campus at the Institute of Politics. She served as chair of the Community Action Committee (CAC) and was also on the board of Harvard Model Congress Boston.
Although Umana does have very big shoes to fill as regards her appointment, we nonetheless think that this is achievement enough, this little stride onto which black girls and boys likewise can leash their dreams, these sparse footsteps amidst which they can create theirs, this is achievement enough.
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