During the last seven years, the National (Original) Million Woman March has held numerous information sessions, discussions and surveys to examine the desire, possibility, responsibility, and necessity around the issue of a national observance/holiday for an Black/African woman born in America (so called African American).
Today, (December 1, 2011) on the 56th anniversary of the courageous stand taken by Mother Rosa Parks igniting the fuel for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a pivotal point in time for the Civil Rights Movement and the obtainment for equality for and a change in citizenship status for Black folks in America, after much deliberation and assessment the Founding Office of MWM has announced the Rosa L. Parks National Holiday Campaign. Some ask why, but Our response is "Why Not"? And we say, It's Time !!! So it is written, so now let it be done
Rosa Louise Parks was nationally recognized as the "mother of the modern day civil rights movement" in America.
Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white male passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, December 1, 1955, triggered a wave of protest on December 5, 1955 that reverberated throughout the United States.
Her quiet courageous act changed America, its view of Black people and redirected the course of history. But there is an`other side of the Civil Rights Movement and contribution of Mother Rosa that most do not know.
Mother Rosa fought against the rape, attempted murder and violations of Black women and families. Ten years before Mother Rosa sat down on the Bus....
In 1944 a twenty-four-year-old mother and sharecropper, Recy Taylor, who strolled toward home after an evening of singing and praying at the Rock Hill Holiness Church in Abbeville, Alabama. Seven white men, armed with knives and shotguns, ordered the young woman into their green Chevrolet, raped her, and left her for dead. The president of the local NAACP branch office sent his best investigator and organizer to Abbeville. Her name was Rosa Parks. In taking on this case, Parks launched a movement that ultimately changed the world. It was THIS MOVEMENT and related actions that was in part started in protest against the ritualistic rape of Black women by white men who used economic intimidation, sexual violence, and terror to derail the freedom movement; and how those forces persisted unpunished throughout the Jim Crow era when white men assaulted black women to enforce rules of racial and economic hierarchy. Black women’s protests against sexual assault and interracial rape fueled civil rights campaigns throughout the South that began during World War II and went through to the Black Power movement. The Montgomery bus boycott was the baptism, not the birth, of that struggle. *(Edited from "At the Dark End of the Street")
For more details about this, The African Women For Reparations: The "House-Moore Campaign" and other MWM National Campaigns and more
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