FROM READERS: MU's Black Women Rock! awards to be presented March 9

Friday, March 8, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. CST

LySaundra Campbell is an MU student who was named the humanitarian award winner at the 2012 Black Women Rock! Awards. These awards recognize achievements of black women in the Columbia community. This year’s awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. March 9 at Conservation Auditorium.

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The Black Women Rock! awards got started at Mizzou when a recent grad Deana Johnson saw BET's Black Girl's Rock Award Show and felt inspired to bring it here. I'm not actually involved with the award show, I just received the humanitarian award last year.

The event is really inspiring! You get to know about all of these amazing women at Mizzou and within the Columbia community who just have a passion for what they do - whether it's humanitarian work, education, politics or creative arts.

You get a little bit of everything at the show! I believe the purpose of  the event is to shine light on Black women who are bringing positivity to the community and going against the negative depictions of Black women that we often see in the media. These are just every day women doing some extraordinary things and I think Deana just wanted to shine light on that! I think it's important that the program exist because it can have a major impact on someone's life.

There are really young girls who attend the show as well as older women and it's amazing how I can have an older woman tell me that she's inspired by my story and then turn around and let her know that I, too, am inspired by what she does. It also gives the younger, elementary aged, girls role models to look up to. To know that they can look to successful Black women - who aren't half-clothed like Beyoncé or Nicki Minaj, who aren't successful because of beauty, but rather personality and their heart towards humanity - encourages me to continue doing what I do. I want to inspire other girls to look to their talents and passions and who God has created them to be and use that to make a difference, not their bodies and some unattainable standard of beauty. We're so much more than that!

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