…bigger than Rap.
"He was going to stab me, so I had to push it." - Civil Rights activist Gloria Richardson. Watch her whole interview about women activists at the March on Washington here.
YAS. Keep that energy alive.
Washington Post: “William Allison, 92, came to today’s march with same sign he marched with in ‘63 pic.twitter.com/qT3kL8VlEP via @HamilHarris #MarchonWashington”Really great. Speaks volumes.
That sign holds up well. Not just the sign itself. The message.
Dolores Huerta: Why she kicks ass
“I couldn’t tolerate seeing kids come to class hungry and needing shoes. I thought I could do more by organizing farm workers than by trying to teach their hungry children.”
- She is a labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW).
- She has received many awards for her extensive community service and advocacy for workers’, immigrants’, and womens’ rights, such as; the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Outstanding American Award, the United States Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
- In 1955, she co-founded the Stockton chapter of the Community Service Organization, (CSO) and in 1960 co-founded the Agricultural Workers Association which set up voter registration drives and pressed local governments for barrio improvements.
- In 1962, she co-founded the National Farm Workers Association which would later become the Unit’s Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee.
- In 1965, she directed the UFW’s national boycott during the Delano grape strike, taking the plight of the farm workers to the consumers. The boycott resulted in the entire California table grape industry signing a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the United Farm Workers in 1970. In 1966, she had negotiated a contract between the UFWOC and Schenley Wine Company, marking the first time that farm workers were able to effectively bargain with an agricultural enterprise.
- She has been arrested twenty-two times for participating in non-violent civil disobedience activities and strikes. She remains active in progressive causes, and serves on the boards of People for the American Way, Consumer Federation of California, and Feminist Majority Foundation.
- She traversed the country for two years on behalf of the Feminist Majority’s Feminization of Power: 50/50 by the year 2000 Campaign encouraging Latinas to run for office. The campaign resulted in a significant increase in the number of women representatives at the local, state and federal levels. She also served as National Chair of the 21st Century Party founded in 1992 on the principles that women make up 52% of the party’s candidates and that officers must reflect the ethnic diversity of the nation.
- She is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which she founded in 2002. The Foundation is a ”community benefit organization that organizes at the grassroots level, engaging and developing natural leaders. DHF creates leadership opportunities for community organizing, leadership development, civic engagement, and policy advocacy in the following priority areas: health & environment, education & youth development, and economic development.”
Bruce Davidson’s “Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-1965”
#Art Ida B. Wells Tribute #BlackHistory #AmericanHistory #WorldHistory #CivilRightsLeader
Before Rosa Parks, There Was Claudette Colvin. Colvin, 15, was arrested on March 2, 1955 when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white person. She was one of the plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle, the court case that successfully overturned bus segregation laws in Montgomery and Alabama. Phillip Hoose’s book Twice Toward Justice tells her story.
Colvin’s story is important to me because it reminds me how we have to celebrate the Civil Rights Movement yet NOT romanticize it. We have to still be critical of it so that we can have our own movement be better.
Colvin’s case was poised to be the segregation case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Yet Black leaders were hesitant to back her because she was dark-skinned and lower class.
Then, the teen became pregnant by a married man. And, I’m really not surprised that they no longer backed her.
The Civil Rights Movement was a middle-class movement that tried to appeal to the conscience of White people.
THE CONSCIENCE OF WHITE PEOPLE
We could sit here and have a legitimate day-long conversation about whether or not most White people have a true conscience when race is involved. Like, that’s STILL debatable. Take for instance, Trayvon Martin. When people found out he was out of school for marijuana, that suddenly validated his murder. He became a thug not a victim. Another example would be Rodney King. Break the law, and suddenly you don’t have a family… you don’t have hopes and dreams.. you’re no longer a human. You’re a nigger to beat or kill. We live in a world where If you’re a Black child misbehaving in class, you could be handcuffed and sent to jail. You’re not a child acting out…you’re a wild nigger.. a criminal.
If you’re a Black person, I feel that in order to appeal to the conscience of White people, you can’t have any flaws or transgressions. You must be god-like. And most importantly, you cannot actually BE Black. You know? You can’t remind them of blackness. Your name can’t remind them of Black people. The way you talk. The way you dress. Nothing about you can be associated with “Blackness,” because when it comes to Black, most White people have no conscience. And they’ll find an excuse to not to see you as a human being. We see it on Tumblr everyday…. Black teens loud at the store, what are they? Not just some loud obnoxious kids but suddenly they’re niggers. They will find a way to deny you your humanity.
So, if you’re trying to have a movement that appeals to the conscience of White people, a dark-skinned poor teen mother is just not gonna do it. Not then and not today.
The Civil Rights Movement was all about this Black middle class that had economic power to go here or there.. and didn’t want segregation keeping them from enjoying their life. However, the fatal flaw in the movement was their quest to appeal to the sympathy of White people, because in that quest, they left a lot of Black people behind. That’s why today you can have a Black president and still have thousands and thousands of Black men in jail and living in poverty.
So,to have a successful movement, I feel we must say fuck this fake ass morality war White people try to have… fuck the “high road” they think they are on. We must demand equality for ALL Black people… from the imprisoned to the infant born to a upper-class family. Dark to damn near White. From the loud to the meek. From sluts to chaste.. From Christianity to Islam. No matter the sexuality. Thugs and scholars. No matter what new box people are trying to force us all into…. We all deserve equality and to be treated with the care that humans have the ability to give to other humans (but rarely do). Period.
Equality without terms and conditions.