#ElasFazemHistória Rosa Parks é um dos maiores ícones da luta pelos direitos civis dos negros nos Estados Unidos. No dia 1º de dezembro de 1955, depois de um longo dia de trabalho como costureira, Rosa voltava para casa em um ônibus lotado. Ela estava sentada na área do veículo destinada aos negros, mas, como havia brancos em pé, o motorista do ônibus insistiu para que Rosa cedesse o seu assento a um deles, mas ela se recusou. A polícia foi chamada, Rosa continuou sentada, e foi presa por violar as leis de segração norte-americanas por ser negra e não ceder assento a um homem branco, mesmo estando sentada em uma área para negros.
As notícias sobre a prisão de Rosa Parks - e, principalmente, sobre o motivo da prisão - correram o país, e a atitude de resistência da então costureira inspirou milhares de pessoas nos Estados Unidos pelo fim das políticas de segregação racial e pela garantia de direitos civis a todas as pessoas. #RosaParks#civilrights#blackpower#women#empowerment#history#USA#blackandwhite
Ruby Nell Bridges Hall (born September 8, 1954) is an American activist known for being the first black child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960.
#ThrowbackThursday Remembering Malcolm X. Son of a Baptist preacher who advocated Black Nationalist ideals. Threats from the Ku Klux Klan forced the family to move to Michigan where his father was murdered. At 21, Malcolm was imprisoned for burglary. It was then that he encountered teachings of Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation on Islam, which encouraged young African-Americans struggling in segregated America. Malcolm changed his name to "X" to symbolize his stolen African identity. He was released after 6 years and became leader of the Black Muslim faith in New York.
During several international trips, Malcolm said he no longer believed that all white people were evil. He announced his plan to take the black struggle before the United Nations and said his organization was willing to work with other black organizations and progressive white groups in the U.S.
It was during one of these meetings, when, on Feb. 21, 1965, while discussing the policies and programs of his new organization, he was assassinated. #MalcolmX#BlackHistory#CivilRights
Even if Homegoing was not the epic of two lineages split, living and surviving through the histories of the Gold Coast and America, it would still excel as a collection of short stories. Each chapter in Homegoing reads almost as a standalone story of each family member, yet feeds into the overall narrative of sister bloodlines in either continent, stretching through the transatlantic slavery, through chattel slavery and the Civil War, through the independence and civil rights movements, till they are finally reunited in two young black graduate students making sense of black history. At times the book reads too neatly, the promise of family separated across the Atlantic reunited seeming more fiction than reality. But the epic remains epic. A book about (black) love. A book about that which was lost in the ocean and the fire. Yet still a book about the promise of freedom from the waves and the flames. 5/5
The 1969 Stonewall Riots were the jump off for the gay rights movement. Queer people were sick of being raided and degraded in their "safe spaces" (homosexuality and gender bending/cross dressing was illegal. These places were routinely targeted by police and people were strip searched and thrown in jail, beaten and killed). The uprising entailed dozens of queer people fighting back against the officers who were infringing upon their humanity. It was a bloody fight that lasted until the early morning). A year later was the first Pride Parade in Greenwich. Who set it all off?? A black trans woman threw the first brick followed by other queer PoC and everyone else. Sadly to this day, black trans women are still the most at-risk group in the country. As a queer black woman I can't be more grateful for the risks taken by these individuals. The life expectancy for trans women of color is around 40. This is due to being murdered by police and regular citizens, homelessness, exposure to drugs etc. When we move beyond these stats for trans women of color and look at all the struggles facing the LGBTQ+ communities, there is SO much work to be done. For example, in 28 states it's still legal to fire or refuse to hire someone or deny housing, based solely on gender identity and/or sexual orientation. That is more than HALF the country. We see a lot of attention given to the struggles of cisgendered heterosexual black people and white LGBTQ individuals but we hardly speak about those at the intersections of all these problems. Visibility, representation, education and communication are KEY. Swipe left. #thestrugglecontinues#stonewall#stonewallriots#lgbt#lgbtq#lgbtqpride#pride#gaypride#blackpride#blacklivesmatter#ALLblacklivesmatter#translivesmatter#blacktranslivesmatter#blackwomenmatter#blackgirlmagic#blackgirlsrock#gayrights#transrights#civilrights#noh8#nohate#gayhistory#blackhistory#lgbtqhistory#knowyourhistory
On July 6 2016, Philando Castile was fatally shot 7 times by Officer Yanez, while Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her four year old daughter were present in the car. Diamond Facebook lived the incident. Dash cam footage clearly shows that Castille was fully cooperative, even notfying the officer that he was armed, making this another instance of unjustified excessive use of force and murder against individuals of color.
Protests, vigils and marches sprung up nationwide in the wake of his death, especially all over Minnesota. Above, Nekima Levy-Pounds @nekimaformayor, the president of the Minneapolis chapter of the @NAACP is pictured speaking outside the St.Anthony police station.
The momentum and need for awareness about the Black Lives Matter campaign continues to grow even now, more than a year later, when a jury declared Yanez not guilty on all counts on July 16, 2017.
"Handmaids" Infiltrate The Capitol To Protest The Healthcare Bill
ANNA FOLEY JUN 27, 2017 5:50 PM
First came the pussy hat. Then, “nevertheless she persisted” became a rallying cry and popular tattoo. Lipstick benefiting Planned Parenthood soon followed. But one of the most enduring, and most literary, trends in the fight to protect women's reproductive rights comes from The Handmaid’s Tale.
In the novel and Hulu's TV adaptation, women forced to bear children for others, called handmaids, wear a similar ensemble. The long red cloaks mask their bodies, and their large bonnets cover their faces. Now, women are bringing these outfits in front of lawmakers to remind them how eerily close our country's laws seem to the dystopian world of The Handmaid's Tale. From Jefferson City, Missouri to outside the U.S. Capitol, women are donning red cloaks and white bonnets to stand up for women’s reproductive health.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Date: June 27, 2017
Reason for protesting: Handmaids joined the #PeoplesFilibuster, a protest of the Senate’s proposed healthcare bill outside the Capitol. The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 and defund Planned Parenthood for a year.
The handmaids made it to the national stage.
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Date: June 13, 2017
Reason for protesting: The cloaked women quietly sat in the Ohio statehouse during a hearing for Senate Bill 145, which would ban the dilation and evacuation procedure, commonly used in second-trimester abortions.
Duckling: So, why is it a big deal that Black girls are treated as if they're older than their white peers?
Tampon: Well, Black girls have long been treated, and perceived, as older than their years. This dates to child labor in American slavery. One grave misperception is that “Black girls need less nurturing, protection, and support,” according to a report from Georgetown Law. They’re commonly sexualized, punished liberally, and seen as more independent and less innocent, leading to their premature “adultification.” This deprives girls of the safety owed to all children—and, simply, the childhood owed to all children. It can be seen in the classroom, and it can be seen in police behavior. #intersectionalfeminism#tamponsinbeautifulplaces Source: Ruth Graham and Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality
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