CIVIL RIGHTS TEACH-IN: Unsung Civil Rights Heroes and Heroines
The NCFM Peace and Social Action Committee at North Columbus Friends Meeting hosted a “Civil Rights Teach-In” on Martin Luther King Jr Day (January 18, 2021) to recognize and honor unsung civil rights heroes and heroines.
The Teach-In started with an historical overview and contextualization of racism as an unnatural political construct followed by individual profiles of past civil rights heroes and heroines such as Recy Taylor, Bayard Rustin, Fanny Lou Hamer, and Ella Baker. A spotlight was placed on NCFM activity during 1950s and 1960s (i.e., fair housing attorney Stanley Robinson)
The presentation then turned to the present day civil rights struggle with specific focus on the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement (Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi) as well as a profile of Cori Bush, the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress.
The Teach In concluded with a “Call to Action” consisting of a letter writing campaign focused on the recent killings of Casey Goodson and Andre Hill by local law enforcement. View the teach in at the link below. (Presentation starts at minute 8:40.)