The Roaring Twenties, LLC feels like an ancestral calling for me; a divinely-timed vision of Black sisterhood in the 21st-century and beyond. Here we ask, 'what can we learn from our foremothers', 'what must we unlearn to navigate the challenges we face today', and 'what will we teach our daughters to prepare them for the world ahead'?  

With strength, resilience, and determination hard-pressed into our DNA, we've remained true to ourselves and our vision for a better tomorrow has led us to this point in history where we see ourselves reflected in many places of power. One can look to the former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, and the first Black and South Asian woman elected to the Vice Presidency of the United States, Kamala Harris, as examples. And while we have made immeasurable strides despite the odds stacked against us, there is still much more we must do.

We are 20 million strong but live in a society that devalues our contributions in various industries, acts without caution or concern for our well-being, and consistently fails to acknowledge the injustices we experience in every aspect of our lives. If we are to ensure our self-preservation we must operate as a collective. 

Like our luminaries born (Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, Shirley Chisolm, and Sarah Vaughn) or brightly bursting in the 1920s (Zora Neale Hurston, Ida B. Wells, Mary McLeod Bethune, Josephine Baker, Ma Rainey), we must be the light and the inspiration behind our own unabashed greatness. No longer can we dim this light that innately shines within all of us. We must use our light to build an impenetrable foundation for our daughters to build upon. We must use it to eradicate the limiting beliefs society has instilled in us once and for all. We must use it to move beyond mere survival and closer to truly thriving.

 

How do we get there? Through connection. Connection to the past, the future, and to one another. Here we commit to teaching and learning, creating a safe and supportive space to share our goals, financially backing our own entrepreneurial and educational endeavors, and paying it forward. We seek to pursue our wildest dreams, live our best lives, and empower each other to keep aiming higher.

  

As we look out on the century ahead, carrying the spirit of our sisters from the past, we're no longer containing the fire of our own liberation....it's burning without caution now.

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Dr. D. Lightsey-Joseph, MEd, EdD
Founder & CEO