student non violent co ordinating committee

under appreciated women of each sign

aries: mary pickford, silent film actress who produced the majority of her own films, managed her own career, co-founded her own studio (united artists) which allowed for independence from the studio system and irrevocably shaped the film industry

taurus: diane nash, civil rights activist who co-founded the student non violent co-ordinating committee, was instrumental in the 1961 freedom rides to end segregation on interstate travel and participated in the selma voting rights campaign

gemini: agnés varda, film director who became a significant figure in the french new wave of the 1960s and pioneered many techniques in film making through her work, which often focuses on feminism and political issues in france

cancer: simone veil, french politician and holocaust survivor who was pivotal in legalising abortion, expanding the availability of contraception and improving the conditions in women’s prisons in france

leo: monica lewinsky, anti-bullying activist and feminist who overcame global shaming and personal trauma and now uses her experiences to help and inspire others

virgo: jessica mitford, left wing political activist and investigative journalist who denounced her aristocratic family and worked with the civil rights movement and her husband’s communist law firm on behalf of falsely accused african-americans

libra: kiki de montparnasse, artist and muse who defined the culture of interwar paris and rose from poverty to become a successful painter and performer in her own right, as well as the inspiration for many great artworks of the period

scorpio: natalie clifford barney, lesbian poet and publisher who turned her home into a safe space for female writers and artists in paris and worked to promote the writing of women in the often male dominated expatriate movement

sagittarius: ella baker, civil rights activist who worked largely behind the scenes as an organiser of some of the most significant protests of the 1960s and frequently criticised the sexism within the movement

capricorn: nancy dickerson, first female news correspondent in the 1960s who reported on several major news events of the decade and became the first female producer of flagship show face the nation

aquarius: audre lorde, feminist poet who profoundly shaped the intersectional movement through her work which explored civil rights and her own identity as a black lesbian woman

pisces: nancy cunard, poet and political activist who disowned her privileged upbringing and worked for various causes, including the french resistance in the second world war, the rebels in the spanish civil war (also aiding refugees at this time) and the early civil rights movement

On this day in 1966, James Meredith – the first African American to attend and graduate from the University of Mississippi – was shot as he led the March Against Fear for voter registration . 

The next day, leaders of the major civil rights organizations, Dr. Martin Luther King of the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), Floyd McKissick of CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and Stokely Carmichael of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Co-ordinating Committee), announced that they would resume his march, and invited freedom-loving people from all over the country to join them. 

For almost three weeks, between a couple hundred and a couple thousand people walked the 220 miles to the state capitol, camping out at night under rented circus tents. Local people fed the marchers on the way. After asking that federal registrars be sent to Mississippi, civil rights leaders took groups of marchers to nearby towns to canvass, rally and bring local African Americans to be registered. The Dept. of Justice later estimated that between 2,500 and 3,000 black Mississippians were registered to vote during the march. 

Well guarded by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the marchers were not attacked on their main route, but some were assaulted on the side trips. 

The March concluded on June 26 with a rally of 15,000 people in Jackson, while over a thousand officers in the Mississippi Highway Patrol, National Guard, and local law enforcement agencies guarded the capital building.

Never forget and lets remember that we can’t sit on the sidelines in the struggle.