The International Cross-Cultural Black Women’s Studies Institute headquartered in New York has honoured Eintou Pearl Springer for her leadership within the organisation and for her ability to organise for social justice. The award was recently presented to Eintou at a Gala event celebrating the 21st Anniversary of the Institute, held at the 'Terrace in the Sky" rooftop restaurant with its breathtaking views of New York City. Eintou, current Poet Laureate of Port of Spain, enthralled the audience with her poetry as she performed the title piece from her book 'Loving the Skin I'm In' and the well known and appreciated 'Survivor'.
Eintou was among a group of other distinguished women recipients from all over the world, such as Grassroots Activist and torture survivor Ksosi Mbatha of South Africa, Dr. Lily Golden, Scholar and Activist of Russia, Jennifer Levia from Trinidad and Tobago and Ilyasah Shabazz, daugther of Malcom X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.
In presenting the award to Eintou, Founding International Coordinator of the Institute Dr. Andree McLaughlin described the Poet Laureate as 'a serious sister, who's not afraid to challenge the government or anybody in support of a cause she believes in'!
Eintou, who describes herself as a social activist, has been part of the successful movement in Trinidad and Tobago to end the legal banning of the drum, she advocates for national recognition of the Orisha faith and works tirelessly in the community in support of dispossessed youth and women in challenging circumstances.
We in turn, recognise and honour Dr. McLaughlin for her own unending global struggle for women's rights. We sincerely thank her for making it possible for both Eintou and Dara to have been a part of this special and classy awards celebration, and for her continued sisterly support of Eintou and the work of Idakeda.