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
This week I to continue the recognition of milestones made by women for Women's History Month, and start it off in paying homage to The Selma March (to see previous Women History Month posts, click here)
WOMEN'S HISTORY THIS WEEK... | 3/7 - 3/13
by Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely
(click on images for further details, with a new entry added each day)
March 7, 1965: OTD the first March to Selma began with John Lewis in front along with local activist, Amelia Boynton Robinson, but it was halted by the violence of white police officers on Pettus Bridge—and like Lewis, Amelia was so severely beaten she was hospitalized, but it didn't stop her...
March 9, 1841: OTD the U.S. Supreme Court favorably ruled that the Africans found on the Amistad ship, were illegally enslaved and had a right to fight for their freedom. One of those on the ship was a child, who grew up to be the extraordinary Sarah Margru Kinson.
March 8, 2021: Today is International Women's Day, which was first commemorated on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, then eventually spread around the world over the years... This year's theme is #ChooseToChallenge...
March 10, 1913: OTD the great Harriet Tubman passed away in Auburn, NY. She began her role as an extraordinary Underground Railroad conductor in 1850, two years after my great-great-grandparents, William & Ellen Craft escaped from enslavement.
March 11, 1959: OTD iconic playwright, Lorraine Hansberry, became the first African-American woman to have a play open on Broadway, the classic, "Raisin in the Sun." It was also the first Broadway play directed by an African-American—theater legend, Lloyd Richards.
March 12, 1934: Born OTD Virginia Hamilton, one of the most prolific, award-winning writers in youth/children's literature. She wrote captivating fiction & compelling nonfiction books in multiple genres with lead Black/diverse characters, often referred to her work as "Liberation Literature". (Note: her site lists 1934 birth yr. )
March 13, 2020: OTD Breonna Taylor was murdered by undercover police officers, who burst into her apartment without identifying themselves using a no-knock warrant. With respect to those officers still not seeing jail time to date, pease reach out to your U.S. Senator to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
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