Claudette Colvin Explains Her Role in the Civil Rights Movement 


[Rosa] Parks became an icon of resistance. Meanwhile, Colvin became an outcast, branded a troublemaker within her community after her initial arrest and conviction. She was abandoned by civil rights leaders when she became pregnant at 16. Although she has gained recognition in recent years — a book about her life won the National Book Award in 2009 — Colvin is still largely glossed over by history and her immense contribution and sacrifice has never been officially recognized by the U.S. government, as Parks was.

Claudette Colvin

Teen Vogue spoke with Colvin, now 78 years old, at her home in New York and by phone about her experiences.


Read the whole interview: Claudette Colvin Explains Her Role in the Civil Rights Movement | Teen Vogue


 

While You Slept: #NoDAPL


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Last Night while you watched TV, hugged your loved ones, tucked your kids in, the Water Protectors at Standing Rock were pelted with rubber bullets, had tear gas fired on them, and then in freezing temperatures had Water Cannons blasted on them. Continue reading

How Black Queer Lives Shaped American History, Never Forget


History books usually say more about the wielder of the pen than the past, so I’ve noticed. Those with a particular interest in cultural manipulation will do anything to make their preferred reality, the reality we all are forced to swallow as truth. Especially when it can be revealed that those who are viewed as weak or insignificant were actually the gods, the lions, the powerful ones. The powers that be will cut off the nose to spite the sphinx, so I’ve noticed.

— Myles E. Johnson

 
 
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via How Black Queer Lives Shaped American History, Never Forget | Mused


 

I’m a black activist. Here’s what people get wrong about Black Lives Matter


I study a speech that Julian Bond gave at Bowling Green, in 1968:

“What will be needed, in addition to an experienced and agitating group of young activists, will be more than just the confluence of people of mutual interest and mutual concern coming together. What will be needed is what the great black man, Frederick Douglass, called for in another speech about 116 years ago. “It is not the light that is needed,” Douglass said. “but fire. It is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened, the conscience of the nation must be startled, the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed, its crimes against God and man must be denounced.”

If Bond wasn’t prophesying the Black Lives Matter movement, he came close. They are a group of agitating young activists, gaining experience by the moment. They have improved upon the mistakes of their predecessors, something Reynolds acknowledges by noting how BLM is offering more space for women and members of the LGBTQ spectrum. Continue reading

Baring Experience Now?


Do you remember what it is like to have one friend mad at you, against you, or even an enemy, or someone out to get you as may have happened occasionally when you were a kid? But how many of us have this baring experience now? Occasionally someone may be after our job or promotion, but not our life or our freedom.

 

— Huey P. Newton

War Against the Panthers: A Study of Repression in America., 1980

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Claudette Colvin: 3/2/1955


 

Girl, 15, Guilty In Bus Seat Case

Montgomery, Ala. — A 15-year-old girl who refused to move to the rear of the city bus was found guilty in Juvenile court here last Friday on charges of assault and battery, disorderly conduct and with violating a city ordinance which make its “unlawful for any passenger to refuse or fail to take those seats assigned to the race which it belongs.”

The girl, Claudette Colvin, was declared a ward of the state and placed on probation pending good behavior.