Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Harriet Jacobs

Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897) was an abolitionist, author, and an advocate for the newly emancipated following the Civil War. Her self-published autobiography, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl was one of the first books to be written that shed light on the horrific sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse suffered by enslaved Black women. … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Harriet Jacobs

Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin (1939-) was a mere 15 years old when in 1955 she refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white passenger. She defied Montgomery, Alabama's segregation laws nine months before Rosa Parks and rightfully should have been the face of the Civil Rights Movement. Like many of the heroes I will mention during … Continue reading Celebrating Black Female Freedom Fighters: Claudette Colvin