This image is of Peggy (R), then a 19 year-old SNCC member, next to future civil rights icon, Dr. Dorothy Cotton (L), after a 1962 church burning in Georgia—the state that Peggy's great-great grandparents, William & Ellen Craft, famously escaped from slavery nearly 115 years earlier...
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SPECIAL WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH EDITION
Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
Dr. Dorothy Cotton
To date it has been a history-making year regarding women, including the inauguration of our first female and BIPOC Vice President, Kamala Harris. Therefore, in recognition of that milestone I will have daily posts for Women's History Month... (to see previous Black History Month posts, click here)
WOMEN'S HISTORY THIS WEEK... | 3/1 - 3/6
by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
(click on images for further details, with a new entry added each day)
March 1, 1780: OTD Pennsylvania passed "An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery", legally establishing from that date forth, any child born into enslavement be emancipated by 28. As a mother, I note this because too often the historic and collective pain of enslaved mothers is unrecognized. Hopefully, it won't remain so...
March 3, 1913: OTD The historic Women's Suffrage Parade was held in Washington, DC with over 8,000 women... Sadly, Alice Paul wanted to hold on to Southern white women & asked the Black women to march in the back—Ida B. Wells, among others, refused & marched with her Illinois delegation as shown in an article photo below...
March 5, 2021: Today's entry is a shoutout to the Native American Women Warriors, who comprised the first all female veterans Native American color guard at President Obama's second inauguration parade in 2013.
March 2, 1955: OTD an already seated 15 yr. old Claudette Colvin refused to move to the back of a Montgomery bus—9 months before Rosa Parks. While I was only 12 at the time, Claudette is an example of how us teens--especially teen girls--were engaging in activism on all levels...
March 4, 1933: OTD Frances Perkins was named Secretary of Labor by FDR, becoming the first female U.S. Cabinet member in history... almost 13 yrs. after the 19th Amendment. She helped implement the federal minimum wage, social security & unemployment insurance.
March 6 1857: The U.S. Supreme Court made its horrific Dred Scott decision that enslaved people were not citizens, but property—even in "free" states... While the case commonly bears Mr. Scott's name, his wife, Harriet, was a co-litigant. How devastating this decision had to be in real time...
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