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Nancy Wilson Has Died

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Iconic vocalist Nancy Wilson died on December 13, 3018 at the age of 81. Her career spanned five decades. Well known known hits included, “Love Won’t Let Me Wait”, “If I Had My Way”, and “How Glad I Am”. Wilson was born in Chilcothe, OH and began singing as a young child. She retired in 2011. Many don’t know that Wilson was active in the Civil Rights Movement and that she participated in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. Suprisingly she did not consider herself to be a traditional jazz singer; but rather an “interpreter” of lyrics she sang. She was the epitome of style and grace. It was said of Wilson that she, “turned songs into to stories”……and that she did!! May she rest well.

#ripnancywilson #nancywilson #blackentertainer #chilicotheohio #blackwoman #blackhistory #africanamericanhistory #jazzsinger #lovewontletmewait
#selmatomontgomery

Sources:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/1058801/Nancy-Wilson-dead-jazz-singer-Grammys-Nancy-Wilson-songs-cause-of-death-pictures/amp

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2018/12/14/obituaries/nancy-wilson-dead-jazz-singer.amp.html

Happy Birthday Shirley Chisholm!!

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I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and I am equally proud of that…I am the candidate of the people of America, and my presence before you now symbolizes a new era in American political history.” -Shirley Chisholm

63rd Anniversary Of The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Honoring The Unsung HE-roes and SHE-roes

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rosa parks

December 5, 2018 marks the 63rd anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  On May 21, 1954, just a few days after the groundbreaking Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision (declaring segregated schools unconstitutional) Jo Ann Robinson penned a letter to the mayor of Montgomery, AL on behalf of the Women’s Political Council (WPC).  The WPC was a civic organization for black women.  It was originally started because the local chapter of the League of Women Voters refused to accept black women as members.  Robinson’s letter demanded better conditions and treatment for African American riders on city buses.  She threatened a boycott if conditions did not improve.

On December 1, 1955, just a year and a half later, Rosa Parks, a then 42 year old seamstress and NAACP field secretary refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery.  Her courageous effort was an act of planned and deliberate resistance.  Of her efforts, activist, Eldridge Cleaver said, “somewhere in the universe a gear in the machinery shifted.”   Parks was arrested and fined $10.  Though Parks is historically recognized as the face of the boycott, there were many other unsung individuals who were critical to the success of the boycott.

Jo Ann Robinson and the Women’s Political Council had long been civil rights advocates; even before the Montgomery Bus Boycott galvanized leaders such as Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others.  The role that women played in the Montgomery Bus Boycott deserves more recognition.  Many women, at that time were employed as domestic workers and used the bus for transportation; more so than men in the community.  This often made them targets of mistreatment.  The WPC began taking action even before the “Montgomery Improvement Association” had selected Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr as its leader.  On the night of Rosa Parks’ arrest they began distributing flyers calling for a boycott.  Their efforts were an essential catalyst for the boycott.  The majority of the 50,000 African Americans living in Montgomery refused to ride the buses during the 54 week long bus boycott.  Instead they walked, bicycled and carpooled.

WPC flyer
Women’s Political Council Flyer

The revenue lost by the City of Montgomery due to the boycott was significant.  While the boycott was under-way, the constitutionality of segregating public transportation was was being litigated in U.S. District Court (Browder vs. Gayle).  On June 5, 1956, a panel of judges ruled 2 to 1 that segregation was unconstitutional citing the president set by the Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was the President of the Montgomery Improvement Association at the time.  It was the organization that was coordinating the efforts of the boycott.  Dr. King refused to end the boycott until the ruling was fully implemented.  This occurred on November November 13, 1956.  The City of Montgomery appealed the decision.  Their appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court.

Today we salute not only the heroic efforts of Rosa Parks, and also the unsung efforts of Jo Ann Robinson, The Women’s Political Council (WPC), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the thousands of men, women, and children participated in the boycott.

 

Sources:

https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/browder-v-gayle-352-us-903

https://timeline.com/this-unheralded-woman-actually-organized-the-montgomery-bus-boycott-db57a7aa50db

https://www.biography.com/people/jo-ann-robinson-21443551

 

The Power of Black Girl Magic!

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Altanta Black Star reports that a young queen flexing her “black girl magic” caused some classmates to become upset. During, classroom free time, this young queen proclaimed loudly “I have black girl magic!!”. This proud proclamation apparently provoked tears from other students and prompted an email to this young queen’s mother from the teacher, asking if she could talk to her daughter about other classmates being upset.

Keep flexing that BLACK GIRL MAGIC young queen!!

Full article can be viewed at this link:

https://atlantablackstar.com/2018/11/30/can-you-speak-with-her-teacher-sends-letter-home-complaining-student-told-classmates-she-has-black-girl-magic/

Reflecting On What It Means To Be Woke?

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“Some folks are confusing being ANGRY with being “woke”. The most woke voices in the room are not always the loudest.”

-Blackmail4u.com

Make Your Vote Count!

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Some people are counting on you to vote; while others are counting on you NOT to vote.
How will you make your vote count?

VOTE BABY VOTE!!!

“….Justice For All God’s Children”

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A powerful quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

NOW is the time to make justice a reality for ALL God’s Children.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Two Congregations: Two Acts Of Senseless Violence

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Pastor Eric Manning of Emmanuel AME Church embraces Rabbai Jeffrey Myers of Tree Of Life Synagogue.

These two leaders now share a tragic bond; both having lost members of their congregations to senseless hate crimes. In 2015, Dylan Roof murdered 9 members of Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. On October 27, 2018, eleven members of Tree Of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all God’s children.

Apologies ALONE Are Not Enough….

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BLACK MAIL QUOTE:

“Apologies ALONE cannot undo the historical trauma, environmental
destruction, economic exploitation, and social deprivation exacted upon communities of color.
How can we get over “IT” when we are still oppressed by “IT”?” -Enid Gaddis

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