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Women’s History: April 25

25 Apr

Happy Birthday, Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson

Happy Birthday, Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson.  Smith-Robinson remains one of the under-appreciated voices of the Civil Rights Movement.  She was only 25 years old when she died of cancer, but she was an instrumental voice in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the organization that emerged from a series of student meetings led by Ella Baker.

I was conscious of my Blackness. Every young Negro growing up in the South has thoughts about the racial situation.  –Ruby Doris Smith-Robinson

With the advent of the Tea Party, I fear the new wave of racism is only just beginning.  We shall need all of our voices to drown out the hate and bigotry of the very misguided Tea Party that holds up Ayn Rand as its role model, not that I believe for one minute that most of them have even read The Fountainhead.

Happy Birthday, Ella Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald known as the “First Lady of Song”, was an internationally renowned jazz singer, and winner of 13 Grammy Awards.

Celebrating Black History Month: February 16

16 Feb

Civil Rights Hero, Ella Baker

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Ella Baker. Baker was one of the most influential players in the civil rights movement. Baker’s grandparents were slaves and she would hear stories from her grandmother about slave revolts. After finishing college and graduating valedictorian, she moved to New York and started her life’s path of social justice. Baker fought for civil rights alongside others such as, W.E.B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, and Dr. Martin Luther King. She was also a mentor to our Rosa Parks. Baker’s influence touched the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Baker and another hero of my mine, Howard Zinn, were two of the SNCC’s highly revered adult advisors. Baker remained an activist until her death in 1986.  To learn more about one of my heroes, Ella Baker, click here. Of course, you knew I had to throw in some Sweet Honey in the Rock–their tribute  to our Ella.

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