“I’ll tell you what freedom means to me. No fear.” -Nina Simone
Eunice Kathleen Waymon, who went by her stage name of Nina Simone, was a musical artist prominent during the Civil Rights Era. Her style included jazz, blues, folk, gospel, R&B, and pop - though in her own words, she played “black classical music.” Miss Simone was classically trained in piano at Juilliard, but she was known for her improvisation during performances. 👉🏾 once to see a photo of her and just one example of her incredible style 😍👌🏾
Miss Nina Simone was also an activist and protestor, particularly during the Civil Rights Movement. She would often perform at Movement events such as the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Three of her songs have become rather famous as protest songs: “Four Women,” “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black,” and perhaps the most famous - and most controversial, especially for the time period - “Mississippi Goddamn.” If you’ve never heard the music of #NinaSimone , please do yourself a favor and give her a listen, especially those three songs. I definitely recommend watching/listening to her live performances over studio recordings when available. “What Happened, Miss Simone?” is also a pretty fabulous documentary on her life if you’re interested in learning more about her.
And as a #letteringupdate , I’ve been practicing a new lettering style lately: #ribbonlettering ! They’re very fun to make, rather easy, and I love the way they look. I first came across this style via @simonsaysletter, but I also learned a lot from @carlisdivyadesign’s #ribbonlettersbycarlis posts! Thank you both for opening the door to such a fabulous style for me! 💖 | 👉🏾 two and/or three times for close-ups of the #ribbonletters ☺️
✍🏾: @tombowusa dual brush pens 452, 476, and the blending pen
All that we call human history — money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery — [is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy // C.S. Lewis ⏳#civilrightsmovement#blm
Day 4 in #Birmingham We drummed, we danced and we conquered. The Ballard House is only a few blocks away from the 16th Street Baptist Church and was a space for the community to gather and healed those attacked by dogs and fire hosed during the #civilrightsmovement This space healed the community so all could keep on #marching for our right! #resist#history#knowledge#power
There are a lot of stories here. One that could highlight the tragic irony of a non violent leader being assassinated. One of the first African American President of the United States... and this glorious fro. One of the unity demonstrated during the Montgomery bus boycotts. One of the countless individuals willing to sacrifice so much for the betterment of a people. One that could highlight an artist’s struggle and perseverance(Google Alexander Austin). & certainly one of the unapologetic gentrification of this neighborhood. -
This is my dad’s fourth grade class in Florida in 1972. It took until 1972 to integrate the schools in his district. He was bussed to another school across town while kids from that school were bussed to his neighborhood. And THIS is what people were so terrified of. This. The kids look happy and loved and their teacher is absolutely adorable. I wonder what a positive impact this black teacher must have had on my dad at such a young age. He became a teacher and a principal and now he is a superintendent. (Can you guess which one he is? Far left, 3rd row up, dressed in all blue). I am passionate about schools because they are so often the catalyst for change, the litmus test of our values as a nation. I am so proud to be an American public school teacher, and an advocate for equal opportunities for children. ✊🏼 #blackhistorymonth#civilrightsmovement#historyofeducation#pinellascentralelementary#floridaschools
On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger, after the whites-only section was filled. Parks was not the first person to resist bus segregation. Others had taken similar steps, including Bayer Rustin in 1942, Irene Morgan in 1946, Lillie. Mae Bradford in 1951, Sarah Louise Keys in 1952, and the members of the ultimately successful Browder v. Gayle1956 lawsuit (Claudette Covin, Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald, and Mary Louise Smith) who were arrested in Montgomery for not giving up their bus seats months before Parks. NAACP organizers believed that Parks was the best candidate for seeing through a court challenge after her arrest for civil disobedience in violating Alabama segregation laws, although eventually her case became bogged down in the state courts while the Browder v. Gayle case succeeded.
Yesterday, February 23, late afternoon, 1968. “One Long Day”
In what became known to some as “The Mace March,” the daily newspapers reported “Squad Car Rocked - Police Use Mace” and “Angry Sanitation Workers Clash With Police While Marching Downtown”. Both papers blamed the fracas on angry strikers who “turned on their escorting police officers near Main and Gayoso,” and on Union local president T.O. Jones - “a heavyset Negro” The CA said - as the ones starting the conflict. The workers were indeed angry, angry because of a Council Resolution voted on that afternoon “that was not the resolution agreed to earlier in the week; Men roared in disapproval, on their feet, shouting and shaking their fists.” However, the papers missed - or misreported - an important fact: marchers began rocking the squad car because, in slowly crowding the marchers, the escorting squad car ran over the foot of Gladys Carpenter, a part-time City Council employee. “In seconds,” The Commercial Appeal said, “the officers were out of their cars and on top of them, squirting Mace cans. Other officers waded thru the crowd around the second police car with night sticks.” Both papers reported the fracas as brief, with officers acting “quickly with mace and night sticks to restore order.” However dozens of workers showed up later at the Mason Temple - “the march had to go on” - reeking of Mace fumes, the liquid clinging to their clothes, their eyes still burning and watery. “They sure did treat us bad.” 1 - “Squad Car Rocked - Police Use Mace”
2 - Press-Scimitar letters in support of Mayor, but also in defense of garbage collectors
3 - PS letter that reads in part “The people of Memphis know what’s going on… I am with the Negroes all the way.”
4 - “Today’s Pickup Area”, day 2 of a test project in speedy garbage pickup by hired, non-union sanitation crews
5 - PS: 9-4 Vote By Council Backs Mayor
6 - The CA: “Angry Sanitation Workers Clash With Police While Marching Downtown”
7 - “Police Use Mace On Sanitation Marchers At Main And Gayoso”
8 - CA Editorial “The March On Main”
9 - “One Long Day” downtown map
10- CA Cartoon, “Added To The Heap”
This next #blackhistorymonth spotlight is also the next book pick for our Social Justice Book Club:
‘Nobody: Casualties on America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond’ by #MarcLamontHill is “A worthy and necessary addition to the contemporary cannon of civil rights literature.”
Social Justice Book Club meets Wednesday, March 14th at 6:45pm. Pick up a discounted copy of ‘Nobody,’ and join the conversation! More info on our website and Facebook page.