Black History Month: Elizabeth Freeman

a free woman— I would. — Elizabeth Freeman” username=”forwardactionmi”] Elizabeth Freeman, also known as MumBet was the first enslaved Black person to file and win their freedom in a lawsuit in Massachusets. Freeman’s lawsuit, Brom and Bett v Ashley (1781), resulted in a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling ruling slavery unconstitutional. The court further cited her suit… Continue reading Black History Month: Elizabeth Freeman

Black History Month: The Black Panther Party

The Black Panther Party was a revolutionary socialist organization founded in 1966 with the intent of protecting and enriching the lives of the Black community. The BPP publicized What We Want Now!: A Ten Point Program, demanding the following: We want freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black Community. We want… Continue reading Black History Month: The Black Panther Party

Black History Month – Emmett Till

Emmett Till was a 14 year old boy lynched in 1955 after being falsely accused of flirting with 21 year old white Carolyn Bryant while in her family’s grocery store in Money, Mississippi. A few days after having visited Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market with friends, Carol Bryant’s husband Roy Bryant returned from a hunting… Continue reading Black History Month – Emmett Till

Black History Month: Claudette Colvin

In March 2nd 1955, Claudette Colvin was a high school student attending the segregated Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery Alabama. Returning home from class on city busses, Claudette Colvin was thinking about a school paper she had written on local segregation issues within department stores. Black folk weren’t allowed to use dressing or… Continue reading Black History Month: Claudette Colvin

Black History Month: Latasha Harlins

Hey FAM! Every week day this month, we’ll be posting a brief biography on a figure in Black history. Latasha Harlins was a 15 year old girl Black girl murdered in a convenience store in Los Angeles. Her murder, 13 days after Rodney King’s beating, and the murderer’s subsequent slap on the wrist contributed to… Continue reading Black History Month: Latasha Harlins

What Does Transgender Mean?

Hey FAM! On this week’s Social Justice installment, we’re going to discuss Trans issues. We’re going to touch a bit on the Transgender community and some of the ways they are marginalized by cisgender folks. Let’s start with a few definitions: Gender: A social construct that allows individuals to make logical assumptions about someone based… Continue reading What Does Transgender Mean?