|Carla and Bria|
New Haven native and resident Bria Holmes, was drafted into the WNBA, as a first round draft pick, 11th overall! What an exciting time for her, her family & friends, as well as her hometown.
The third day, I took action… I first wrote a letter to the editor of my hometown paper, as I did the popular online publication publisher (who is a Hillhouse alumni). I didn’t include our weekly black publication, the "Inner City Newspaper", in any correspondences, because I know, without a shadow of a doubt, within a week of this announcement, Bria Holmes will grace the cover page of the Inner City Newspaper; Because both the publisher and editor understands the significance of highlighting the accomplishment of a black girl from the inner city of New Haven being drafted into the WNBA. (Side note: The reason it is so important for black people to support black newspapers, is to make sure we will always have a vehicle to share the story and history of black people.) The mainstream newspaper editor, who is an avid supporter of Sisters of Today and Tomorrow (SOT), immediately responded. Not quite the response I was looking for, but she acknowledged my concern.
|Bria with former Hillhouse teammates and Coach Catrina |
|Former Hillhouse Principal Kermit Carolina, Coach Stewart,|
Bria, her mother Carol and mentor Ty Sullivan.
There is a long list of black women pioneers who have accomplished great things, for which the many women, and girls (black, white, and other) I encounter, as well as myself, shoulders we stand on.
|Captain Patricia Helliger and |
Alderwoman Tyisha Walker
share their story #SOTWomenPioneers