Daja E. Henry
Daja E. Henry is an editorial fellow. Before joining The 19th, she covered education and Covid-19 data for The Daily Memphian. Her previous experience includes The Wall Street Journal, Cronkite News and Cronkite Noticias. She is a graduate of Howard University and Arizona State University.
Long burdened by environmental racism, activists in Memphis are turning the tide
Black women, particularly mothers, are leading efforts to treat people currently harmed by toxic neighborhoods and prevent future damage.
‘We are all bound up together’: The 19th’s fellows on the life and legacy of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
On the anniversary of her passing, The 19th's fellows honor the “mother of African American journalism,” who our HBCU fellowship is named for.
Mothers of the movement: Black environmental justice activists reflect on the women who have paved the way
Described as “the backbone of the environmental justice movement,” these women pioneered the work to protect communities.
We asked lovers of Black literature to curate a Black resistance reading list. Here’s what they chose.
A bookseller, librarian and children’s book author share their favorite books by Black women and LGBTQ+ authors that embody the theme of this year’s Black History Month.
Tyre Nichols’ funeral service marked by tears, a somber sisterhood and the call to ‘take action’
Other mothers who have lost children to police joined the Nichols family and Vice President Kamala Harris in asking for "non-negotiable" policing reform legislation.
A new museum and clinic will honor the enslaved “Mothers of Gynecology”
Artist Michelle Browder leads the charge to recognize women and girls such as Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey.
What the Republicans in 2022’s most competitive Senate races have said about abortion
Some of these 13 candidates have said they believe abortion law should be left entirely up to the states. Others have endorsed a national abortion ban. A few have argued for both.
The Biden administration wants to expand broadband access and job opportunities for women and people of color
The government is investing $65 billion into expansion programs, including nearly two-thirds of that spending directed to equity efforts.
How tobacco companies got women, Black people and young people hooked on menthol cigarettes
The historic and ongoing link between high menthol use among the most vulnerable populations is no coincidence, a new study highlights.
U.S. quarters will feature five more women in 2023
The Mint recently announced the five women whose quarters will circulate in 2023 – Bessie Coleman, Edith Kanaka’ole, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jovita Idár and Maria Tallchief.