Alabama’s gotten me so upset Tennessee made me lose my rest And everybody knows about Mississippi Goddamn
Yes you lied to me all these years You told me to wash and clean my ears And talk real fine just like a lady And you’d stop calling me Sister Sadie
Oh but this whole country is full of lies You’re all gonna die and die like flies I don’t trust you any more You keep on saying “Go slow!” “Go slow!”
But that’s just the trouble “do it slow” Desegregation “do it slow” Mass participation “do it slow” Reunification “do it slow” Do things gradually “do it slow” But bring more tragedy “do it slow” Why don’t you see it Why don’t you feel it I don’t know I don’t know
You don’t have to live next to me Just give me my equality Everybody knows about Mississippi Everybody knows about Alabama
Claudette Colvin was a 15-year-old student from Montgomery, Ala., when she refused to yield her bus seat to a white passenger. But she has been largely forgotten in civil rights history.
Amazing listen, yesterday marked the 55 year anniversary of Claudette Colvin’s legendary resistance on that Montgomery Bus. Just a reminder that young folk have always led resistance, and there were radical folk who will often go unnamed throughout history that we should be more intentional about honoring.
When you tell me “Natural hair works for you but it can’t for everyone”, I find it troubling. Everyone is entitled to their opinion however, exalting my alleged rare privilege of have “acceptable” natural hair is not a compliment. In fact, I consider it the exactly the opposite. I know you mean well, in fact most people do. However the intention is irrelevant when the impact of your commentary upcycles internalized oppression, an infrastructure I work daily to dismantle. Just my thoughts.
The Unapproachable Black Chick,
This #NBA decision loosely reaffirms the false notion that racism is only perpetrated when people outwardly express bigotry. Unfortunately this dilutes attempts to reform institutional disparity and its devastating impact in terms of power and oppression. At face value, this is another missed opportunity for most people with privilege (Whites in this instance) to absolve themselves from systems that benefit them instead of analyzing how to reject perpetuating the cycle. I hope I’m wrong doe. #ReasonsITalkAboutRace
While Unsung in ‘63, Women Weren’t Just ‘Background Singers’
Former journalist Lynne Olson, who wrote Freedom’s Daughters, a history of women in the civil rights movement, says that the pre-feminist time was conducive to putting a spotlight on the movement’s male figures — not that the men were complaining about that.
“They regarded themselves as the leaders,” she says. “They were regarded by the press as the leaders, it was just part of the times. Men were out there; women were in the background really doing most of the work.” Women ran the mimeograph machines, made sandwiches, placed phone calls and passed out flyers with information on gatherings.
Olson believes this was the secret to the movement’s forward progress: “Without women, the civil rights movement would never have gotten off the ground. They were the ones who were the organizers — they were really the ground troops.”
But, says filmmaker Judy Richardson, the movement’s women were not content to only be the ground troops.
“Women weren’t just the foot soldiers to the movement,” she says firmly. “We weren’t just the background singers — we were at the mic!”
“I fervently believe in black equality,” Kimbrough explained in a statement. “I believe that our public university system should provide a pathway for opportunity for underrepresented minority communities. I am appealing my application to the University of Michigan not only for myself, but for other black and minority students who deserve the equal opportunity to go to the best public university in the nation.”
Brooke Kimbrough, a 17-year-old high school senior rejected from University of Michigan.
!!! Seriously, I began this blog less than a year ago to give Black women something positive to refer too and you guys have made it my duty to make sure I keep it active. I appreciate each and every one of you and look forward to providing even better content in the future.
Apparently I started this blog one day before my 24th birthday, (April 25, 2011) and tumblr sent me a nice anniversary e mail recently to commemorate the 3 year mark. Fast forward to this morning, I woke up to my 3000th follower, plus one more for good measure! I cannot say it enough, I started this blog to be cynical, but it’s taken on a life of its own. I really appreciate each and every one of you and hope I can exceed your expectations in the future.