Synergi Salon's Tribute: Celebrating Black Icons

Published February 16th, 2024 by Synergisalonadmin

This Black History Month holds special significance for us—a time of celebration and reflection. Despite the challenges of the past year, our community is in need of hope and inspiration. As a company led by Black women, we have keenly felt the weight of recent events from the disproportionate toll of Covid-19 on Black lives, and the alarming statistics showing the heightened risks faced by Black women in childbirth. These burdens are not ours alone; they are shared by our community.

During this Black History Month, our mission is to alleviate some of this heaviness. We aim to spotlight the stories of resilient Black women who have triumphed over adversity to leave an indelible mark on history. we look back at stories that inspire a brighter future and we're kicking off by looking at Madam CJ Walker, Misty Copeland, Toni Morrison, Diane Abbott, and the incredible story of  Rosa Parks. 

Madam C.J. Walker: Pioneering Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, and Activist


Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was a trailblazing entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist who defied the odds to become one of the most successful businesswomen of her time. Born to formerly enslaved parents in 1867, she faced poverty and hardship from an early age. However, her determination and entrepreneurial spirit led her to create a hair care empire that catered to the needs of Black women.

Recognizing the lack of hair care products tailored to the needs of Black women, Madam Walker developed her own line of hair care products. Through her innovative marketing strategies and tireless advocacy, she built a successful business empire that provided economic opportunities for thousands of African Americans, particularly women.

Madam Walker's legacy extends beyond her business acumen. She was a vocal advocate for civil rights and used her wealth and influence to support causes that uplifted the Black community. Her philanthropy included donations to educational institutions, support for anti-lynching campaigns, and contributions to the NAACP.

Today, Madam C.J. Walker's legacy lives on as a symbol of resilience, entrepreneurship, and empowerment. Her life story serves as an inspiration to generations of Black entrepreneurs and activists, reminding us of the power of determination, ingenuity, and community upliftment.

Misty Copeland: Breaking Barriers in Ballet

In August 2015, a groundbreaking moment occurred in the world of ballet: Misty Copeland shattered barriers by becoming the first African American woman to achieve the prestigious rank of principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre's 75-year history.

Misty's journey to success was far from conventional. Raised in a challenging environment, she never envisioned herself as a professional ballerina. Despite starting her dance training relatively late, at the age of 13—considered tardy by ballet standards—Misty's determination and talent propelled her forward.

Her accomplishments speak volumes. Misty made history as the first African American to grace the leading role in Swan Lake, one of the most revered and demanding ballet productions.

Beyond her achievements on stage, Misty is a trailblazer offstage as well. She actively advocates for change within the ballet world, striving to create a more inclusive and diverse environment for future generations of dancers. Misty Copeland's story serves as a beacon of inspiration for black ballerinas around the globe, reminding them that with perseverance, dedication, and passion, any dream is attainable.

Toni Morrison: A Literary Luminary

In 1967, Toni Morrison made history as the first black female editor in fiction at Random House, a pivotal moment that allowed her to champion the voices of black women within the publishing industry.

In 1987, Morrison's literary brilliance was unveiled with the publication of her groundbreaking novel "Beloved." This marked the beginning of a remarkable literary journey that would see her penning 11 novels, along with children's books and essay collections.,

Morrison's literary prowess did not go unnoticed. In 1993, she made history once again by becoming the first African-American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Throughout her illustrious career, she has garnered numerous accolades, including the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom, bestowed upon her by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Through her evocative prose and captivating storytelling, Morrison's novels transcend mere literature—they serve as profound reflections of black identity. Her narratives delicately capture the complexities and nuances of the black experience, leaving an indelible mark on readers worldwide.

Toni Morrison's enduring legacy extends far beyond the pages of her novels. She has played a pivotal role in paving the way for black female authors, inspiring generations of writers to fearlessly share their own stories and perspectives with the world.

Diane Abbott: A Champion of Social Justice

In 1987, Diane Abbott made history by running for office as the Labour candidate for Hackney, defying attempts by party leadership to conceal her black identity. Her insistence on visibility paid off, as she became the first black woman to be elected as a Member of Parliament. Notably, Abbott holds the distinction of being Britain's longest-serving black MP.

Throughout her distinguished career, Abbott has confronted both racism and sexism head-on, yet she remains steadfast in her commitment to championing human rights and racial equality. Despite facing numerous obstacles, she continues to serve as a powerful advocate for marginalized communities, using her platform to amplify the voices of those who have been silenced.

Abbott's unwavering courage and resilience serve as an inspiration to all, embodying the spirit of perseverance in the face of adversity. Her tireless dedication to advocating for social justice has left an indelible mark on British politics and society as a whole.

The Untold Blackstory of Rosa Parks

On December 1st 1955, Rosa Parks was traveling on a Montgomery bus when she was asked to give up her seat for a white man. What most people don’t know about Rosa Parks is she was an introvert who shunned the spotlight. She’d already been working behind the scenes at the NAACP keeping their records, processing membership payments and reading to local children. She got into politics after her brother returned from fighting to save the lives of White soldiers in WW2 only to be spat on.

12 years before her showdown in that Montgomery bus, the same man had pushed her off his bus and in an act of quiet defiance she’d dropped her bag and sat on a white seat on her way out. She’d refused to ride his bus for 12 years until one day she was preoccupied and boarded. Her subsequent legal action at great personal risk led to a new wave of freedoms and civil rights for African Americans. Rosa Parks, with her gentle, courageous determination, is a hero worth celebrating.

Against formidable odds, these remarkable women have contributed to making the world a better place. By sharing their stories, we aspire to catalyze change and inspire hope for the future. Do well to share these stories and gift someone special to you a $50 Gift Card from Synergi Salon this February.


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