As usual, racists refused to leave Black folks alone! Alexander the Great, who was feared by most of the world as a fearsome conqueror, was watching Queen Candace’s kingdom closely. He wanted Kush for himself.
Because she was such an influential queen, he thought he’d “do her a favor” and give her the opportunity to surrender her people to him instead of suffering a war and pillaging. Candace responded quickly to his “opportunity,” but let’s just say it wasn’t what ANYONE was expecting.
After Alexander disguised himself and walked into her palace, she called him out. She would cut off his head and roll it down a hill once she defeated him, she declared! Terrified, the “great conqueror” withdrew and decided to go pillage Egypt instead.
While the truth of this story is disputed, Black women in power have faced challenges like these forever – and responded with power and poise! We have consistently built and protected our communities. We must remember to show a Candace-like love for our people, especially when our well-being is threatened!