Day -518- Daily Haibun Journey — Constance Baker Motley

During the civil rights movement Constance Motley helped desegregate Southern schools, buses and lunch counters. She was a key strategist within the movement. She even argued successfully nine of ten cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The first African American woman elected to the New York State Senate was Constance Baker Motley. The year was 1964. Then in 1965 Motley was again the first African American to serve an important roll in government. She was chosen Manhattan Borough, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson named her a Federal Court judge which was another first for African American women.

strong roots
spread out, anchoring
a movement

raising a voice
for social justice
stirring fires

Day -514- Daily Haibun Journey — Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson passed away one year ago on this date, February 24, 2020 at the age of 101. She was an integral part of the Nasa team doing the numbers necessary to orbit and retrieve a man orbiting the earth and in sending a man to the moon. She was born on August 24, 1918 in West Virginia. She always loved numbers and counted everything. She started high school by age ten.

Day -513 — Daily Haibun Journey — Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a breath of fresh air. Ajayi Jones is a speaker, an author and digital strategist. She is originally from Nigeria, but her family moved to the US when she was nine. She began using her voice at a young age through a blog. She has a wonderful way of blending comedy and activism with inspiration that has a weakly international reach. Her positive, inspiring, life lessons and do better attitude combined with her silver tongue have made her a very great success across social media and a sought-after speaker. Her first book (I’M JUDGING YOU: The…

Day — 512- Daily Haibun Journey — Julieanna Richardson

Julianna Richardson has a bachelors degree from Brandeis University in Theatre Arts and American Studies. Later she earned a doctoral degree in law from American University. Ms. Richardson discovered the power of oral history while in college and it was that experience that sparked her ideas for History Makers. It is the largest single archival project of since the WPA period in the 30’s where they recorded former slaves. The purpose of this archive is to preserve these firsthand accounts for future generations and to educate them on the educate individual accomplishments of African Americans and showcase those who were integral in the civil rights movement. This priceless collection contains between 15,000 and 20,000 recordings.

voices from the past
retelling our history
remembered truths

Day -511 — Daily Haibun Journey — Hadiyah-Nicole Green

Day -510 — Daily Haibun Journey — Prathia Hall

Since the age of 15 Prathia Hall wanted to join the civil rights movement. After attending Temple University, she joined the SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She participated in many civil rights activites and even joined the freedom riders. She was one of the 600 marchers to march to call attention the voter suppression in what became known as Bloody Sunday.

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