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Civil Rights Activist Ruby Bridges: ‘Fear not…It’s your time in History! Stay United!’

66 years ago, Ruby Bridges was thrust into the 1960’s civil rights movement when she became the first black student to integrate a New Orleans elementary school.  Rare footage from the 1961 documentary “The Children Were Watching,” shows Ruby being escorted by federal marshals to protect her from angry crowds.

Bridges thanked those who provided the footage and thanked Selena Gomez for using her 180 million follower platform to share the story. (Source: Today.com)

 

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Here’s the footage. *Note Strong Language Included*

 

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This footage hasn’t been seen before now. It will show the courage that our Black & Brown Families had during the Civil Rights Movement of 1960! I also wanted to highlight a story that’s connected to my story. I felt like it was important to show our Brown brothers and sisters that they were also involved in the Civil Rights Movement, especially that day when I entered the school. You will see footage that highlights the courageous Gabriel family and moments around Daisy Gabriel, a mother who was trying to bring her daughter to school the day that I integrated the school. It is such a heart wrenching video to see the sacrifices she had to make trying to bring her daughter to school that day as well. It was important to me to show her story to the world. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ It’s your legacy too!⠀ ⠀ ⠀ United We Must Continue Stand! ⠀ To see the documentary, “The Children Were Watching”, in its entirety, please click the link in my bio @RubyBridgesOfficial. Special Thxs to Drew Associates for providing the Amazing Footage, @brnctt @leovolcy for their editing expertise and our Sister in the Struggle … SELENA🙏🏽⠀ ⠀ — Ruby Bridges (@rubybridgesofficial)

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Selena Gomez wrote, “It was very important for me to share this with you because I think it will help you to understand why I think we Black and brown sisters and brothers need to stand united in this fight to save Black and brown lives,  I want you to remember that it is all of our shared history. This is your legacy, too.”

Indeed it is. ~Randi

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Today In Black History: Michael Jackson Wins 8 Grammys!

On February 28, 1984, Michael Jackson won an amazing eight awards at the 26th Grammy Awards show: Best R&B Vocal, Male for ‘Billie Jean’, Best R&B Song (Songwriter) for ‘Billie Jean’, Best Rock Vocal, Male for ‘Beat It’, Producer of the Year (Non-Classical), Best Pop Vocal, Male for ‘Thriller, Best Video Album for ‘Thriller, Best Recording for Children (Quincy Jones (Producer) & Michael Jackson for ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’, Record of the Year ‘Beat It’, Album of the Year for ‘Thriller’ on this day. (Source: peoplesworld.org)

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Thriller by Michael Jackson is the second highest grossing albums of all time.

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Today In Black History: Debi Thomas Becomes The 1st African American To Win A Winter Olympic Medal

Debi Thomas became the first African-American athlete to earn a medal in the Winter Olympics when she took the bronze in women’s figure skating in 1988.

Thomas was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and started skating at age 5 winning her first competition at age 9. She led all skaters heading into the long program at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary and finished third winning a bronze medal. She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000. (Source: The Undefeated)

The Skating Champion and former orthopedic surgeon declared bankruptcy in 2014. Thomas has publicly spoke out about losing everything to bankrupt, being bipolar, losing her surgical practice, and living in a trailer home.  Thomas told the New York Post, that she even lost her Olympic Bronze Medal in the bankruptcy saying, “They can take away the medal, but they can’t take away the fact that I won it.” (Source: face2faceafrica.com)

Last year, Thomas was spotted on Youtube in Egypt endorsing “BlockCard” which converts cryptocurrency into a Visa debit card. Praying that life is on the upswing for this talented athlete and doctor.

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Today In Black History: Camp Atwater – The Oldest African American Owned & Operated Camp In The Nation

Camp Atwater is a residential summer camp for boys and girls, 8 – 15 years old located in North Brookfield, MA. Serving youth for 92 years, Camp Atwater’s mission is to assist in the academic and social growth and development of youth by offering a quality residential camp experience within a safe, nurturing and Afrocentric environment.

Camp Atwater is owned and operated by the Urban League of Springfield and accredited by the American Camping Association. Founded in 1921 by the late Dr. William N. DeBerry, it was named in honor of Dr. David Fisher Atwater, whose daughter Mary donated substantially to the camp. Camp Atwater is one of the oldest camps of its kind in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Source: Urban League of Springfield, MA)

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Find out more about the camp that even Former Detroit’s Mayor Coleman Young enjoyed here:  campatwater.org

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