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Your Guide On How to Support Black People After Incidents of Police Violence — Everyday Feminism

Your Guide On How to Support Black People After Incidents of Police Violence — Everyday Feminism

In 1917, Jeannette Rankin took her seat as the first female member of U.S. Congress.  Learn more with @MAKERS: The Women Who Make America.

In 1917, Jeannette Rankin took her seat as the first female member of U.S. Congress. Learn more with @MAKERS: The Women Who Make America.

Robert Robinson Taylor is the first known black graduate of MIT. He graduated in 1892 and went on to become the first professionally-educated, black architect in America and the main architect of the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Robert Robinson Taylor is the first known black graduate of MIT. He graduated in 1892 and went on to become the first professionally-educated, black architect in America and the main architect of the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Lucille Baldwin Brown, the first black public county librarian, ca 1940s by State Library and Archives of Florida, via Flickr

Lucille Baldwin Brown, the first black public county librarian, ca 1940s by State Library and Archives of Florida, via Flickr

Ms. Janet Harmon Waterford Bragg was one of the few Black women pilots who became a pilot through the Tuskegee Airmen pilot program.

Ms. Janet Harmon Waterford Bragg was one of the few Black women pilots who became a pilot through the Tuskegee Airmen pilot program.

In 1884, Lewis Colson,a former slave, came with the surveying crew to plat the town of Sarasota. In 1897, Colson and his wife, Irene, the midwife for the black community, donated land for the area’s first African American Church, the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Colson became its first minister. In those days the black community was chiefly in an area known as Overtown which grew as more African Americans came to Sarasota.

In 1884, Lewis Colson,a former slave, came with the surveying crew to plat the town of Sarasota. In 1897, Colson and his wife, Irene, the midwife for the black community, donated land for the area’s first African American Church, the Bethlehem Baptist Church. Colson became its first minister. In those days the black community was chiefly in an area known as Overtown which grew as more African Americans came to Sarasota.

I wonder why our school system does not teach the kids about Men like this: American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself.

Amazing stories should always be told.

I wonder why our school system does not teach the kids about Men like this: American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself.

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