Category: activism

“I’ve never met an animal I didn’t like, and I can’t say the same thing about people.”

~ actress, singer, and animal-welfare advocate Doris Day (1922 – 2019).

Nevertheless, They Persisted: How a London Women’s Collective Turned Anger Into Art

United States of Protest: A Citizen’s Guide to 250 Years of Resistance

The widespread protests of 2018 and 1968 don’t stand alone in American history: The founding of the United States itself was an act of protest, and within its first 50 years, the country reached another feverish state of demonstrations and demands for reform around slavery, institutional sexism, capitalism, and child welfare. It shouldn’t be all that surprising, as petitioning for change is a part of this country’s very DNA, written into the Constitution in the First Amendment. 

As the third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson said, “I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

(Not sure how and where to vote? Go here: https://www.vote.org/)

United States of Protest: A Citizen’s Guide to 250 Years of Resistance

50 years ago today, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Black Lives Matter  ✊🏿 ✊🏾 ✊🏽 ✊🏼

“The years of imprisonment hardened me. … Perhaps if you have been given a moment to hold back and wait for the next blow, your emotions wouldn’t be blunted as they have been in my case. When it happens every day of your life, when that pain becomes a way of life, I no longer have the emotion of fear. There is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn’t any pain I haven’t known.”

~ Anti-Apartheid Activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936 – 2018)

Anita Pointer: Civil-Rights Activist, Pop Star, and Serious Collector of Black Memorabilia

Nothing but respect for our president, Black Panther.  ✊🏿 ✊🏾 ✊🏽

Comic covers for Marvel, circa 1970s and ‘80s.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! 

The Struggle in Black and White: Activist Photographers Who Fought for Civil Rights

“We were the prophets, the messengers, the fire starters. Wounded Knee awakened not only the conscience of all Native Americans, but also of white Americans nationwide.” 

~ Dennis Banks (1937 – 2017)