Black History Month
Let's celebrate the world changers, brave leaders, our black brothers and sisters. All who have gone before us and those forging ahead. All who continue to inspire us! Each week we will share resources, inspiration, a highlight of key figures from black history and those shaping our future.
February 5, 2022
@rubybridgesofficial Born 1954
In 1960, Ruby Bridges was the first Black child to desegregate an all-white elementary school in the South. At the age of 6, Bridges was escorted to school by federal marshals, met with verbal attacks from racist protesters, and was the only student in her class for an entire year. Bridges is an activist, author, speaker, mother, and the founder of The Ruby Bridges Foundation. Today, Ruby Bridges is 66 years old.
Fredrick Douglass was an abolitionist, author, speaker, reformer, and leader who advocated for the end of slavery and voting rights for all people, including women. Douglass escaped enslavement around 20 years old. Once living in Massachusetts, he started attending abolitionist movement meetings and became a part of the American Anti-Slavery Society’s “Hundred Conventions” project. He authored 3 autobiographies and published an abolitionist newsletter called North Star (later called the Fredrick Douglass’ Paper). During the Civil War, Douglass supported president Abraham Lincoln but was disappointed that Lincoln didn’t grant formerly enslaved people the right to vote with the Emancipation Proclamation. Years after Lincoln’s death, Douglass spoke at the dedication of the Emancipation Memorial in 1876. In later years, Douglass worked for the government and became the first Black man to hold high office in the US as the ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
Brittany Packnett Cunningham
Brittany Packnett Cunningham centers her work as an activist, educator, and writer at the intersection of culture and justice. She is a contributor at NBCNews and MSNBC, a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, a founder of Love & Power Works, and a co-founder of Campaign Zero. She currently hosts UNDISTRACTED and co-hosted Pod Save The People for 3 years. Her TED Talk on the revolution of confidence has been viewed millions of times, and her book, We Are Like Those Who Dream: Black Women Speak, is set to be available in early 2022. President Obama said she is a leader whose “voice is going to be making a difference for years to come.” You can support her work at brittanypacknett.com
Thank you, @mspackyetti for your leadership and voice
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI)
The Equal Justice Initiative is a non-profit organization, based in Montgomery, Alabama, that provides legal representation to prisoners who may have been wrongly convicted of crimes, poor prisoners without effective representation, and others who may have been denied a fair trial.
The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. Learn more about their work and how to get involved:
Criminal Justice Reform
They challenge the death penalty, extreme sentences for children, excessive punishment, and abusive prison conditions through litigation, advocacy, and education.LEARN MORE
They share America’s history of racial injustice, from enslavement, racial terror lynchings, and segregation to mass incarceration.LEARN MORE
They engage communities in conversation about the legacy of racial injustice, informed by reports, online experiences, and hands-on projects.LEARN MORE
Museum and Memorial
They create opportunities for honest reflection about our history and its legacy in spaces that inspire.LEARN MORE