MLK & RBG

Hello from Remember The Ladies!

A few things worth remembering this week:

  • MLK, Jr. deserves his day. Certainly. And, in addition, many African-American women fought alongside King during the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the most prominent are mentioned in this article.

    [Side note: Did you know that MLK Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech was written in advance—without any mention of “the dream”? He often preached about the dream, spoke about the dream but it wasn’t until Mahalia Jackson, who was standing behind him at the Lincoln Memorial, kept saying to King during his prepared speech, “tell them about the dream, Martin! tell them about THE DREAM!” that he moved into the rhetoric we best know him for today. She also sang beautiful hymns during the March on Washington.]

    Need more? Look for upcoming RTL posts on Civil Rights activists and read this book.

  • Women’s March. The third Women’s March was last weekend. But, women’s first march on Washington was in 1913. The day before Woodrow Wilson’s inaugural, over 5,000 women gathered to march and demand the right to vote. They were met by angry protestors who taunted, jeered, and threw bricks at them. Congress investigated.

    [Side note: Wilson is notoriously known for saying women’s suffrage was the “root of all evil.” When he showed up in D.C., the day before his inaugural, the crowd he expected was at the parade. You can chuckle. It’s ok.]

    Need more? Check out the movie Iron Jawed Angels.

  • RBG. I’ve always been a fan of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg but the most recent documentary RBG and On The Basis Of Sex has upgraded me to full groupie status. Watch these movies. Make it your Friday night. Because, if popcorn and women’s rights isn’t right—I’d rather be wrong.

    [Side note: Justice Ginsburg was dubbed the “Notorious RBG” by then second-year law student Shana Knizhnik after Ginsburg’s “notorious” dissent opinion in Shelby County v. Holder. The name stuck. When RBG was asked if it made her feel uncomfortable being associated with the late rapper the Notorious BIG, she responded, “Why should I feel uncomfortable? We have a lot in common. First and foremost, we were both born and bred in Brooklyn.”

    Need more? Check out one of the first books that brought RBG to mainstream fame.

And, as always, if you ever have a question, or need an additional resource, let me know.

Thanks for remembering,

Emily