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For centuries, the world has been mesmerized by the beauty of Black women. Maya Angelou put it best when she said “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suite a fashion model’s size…I’m a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.” Starting February 7th, 2014 through Sunday, March 30th, 2014, The Women’s Museum of California is hosting its newest exhibit “The Beauty, Brilliance and Bravery of Black Women.”

This exhibit celebrates the diverse beauty, brilliance and bravery of Black women throughout the world and highlights many local women that have made amazing contributions within their communities and professions. Community matriarch and guest curator, Starla Lewis, is a longtime professor of Black History at Mesa Community College, and views the exhibit focus from a viewpoint well honed after 25 years of study and teaching the topic within the social scope of American life.

“The Beauty of the Black woman was birthed in Africa and travels throughout the Diaspora from continent to continent, island to island and as a result this beauty is represented throughout the world. The outer beauty is a manifestation of the inner beauty. This beauty has polished the soul through generations of joys, sorrows, triumphs and tragedies,” shared Lewis. The WMC is located at NTC Liberty Station 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite #104, San Diego, CA 92106. Additional details pertaining to the exhibit can be found by visiting the website: www.womensmuseumca.org.

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