“I don’t have a martyr complex; I’m fighting because I want to live. Living in this system has not been life for me. But I cant take someone else’s life knowingly. I thought we were going to Mississippi because people have been getting killed there for years and no one cared. I thought we were going there to say to the world that if any of us dies, it was not a redneck who shot us but the whole society that had us killed.” – Prathia Hall , Freedom Rider (1964) (from PBS’s This Far By Faith: A Faith Forged in Albany)
“Prathia Hall is the one platform speaker I would prefer not to follow.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (from PBS’s This Far By Faith: Prathia Hall)
*Welcome to Black History Month (more will be discussed on this later). As a proud African-American, I plan to highlight the women who made critical impacts in black history and paved the way for me to be able to do the things that I have done and will do today. They may be activist for equality, women’s rights, pioneers, educators, figures in black feminism (yes we had to even create our own piece of feminism!) so on. If you have a woman you would like to see highlighted this month — do let me know.
If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.” —Sojourner Truth