Tuesday, February 14, 2012

February is Black History Month

Posted By: Leah
Gavin is learning a lot about Black History. He's made some pretty cool things at school, however this one wins for awesomeness:


AND.... I have a Rosa Parks story. I seriously do.
Back when I was in high school, I attended a school which was the first to have integrated bussing in NC thanks to Brown v. Board of Education. No, I'm not THAT old, I mean that happened in the 50's. But the school I went to was honoring the anniversary of integrated bussing and Rosa Parks came to speak. She was very old (she died in 2005) but she told her story of not giving up her seat on the public bus.

The way I remember it, they played Outkast's Rosa Parks song... seriously. I sware to god they did
(this was back in the late 90's so very very possible).
Ah ha, hush that fuss

Everybody move to the back of the bus

Do you wanna bump and slump with us

We the type of people make the club get crunk


And I also remember the student council  president giving Rosa Parks a sweet potato pie. This is actually true for real. Hopefully Rosa loved it. Or they gave her a really random, awkward gift instead of cash for speaking. I'll never know.

Anyway, I was very lucky to have grown up in a very diverse environment. I was in the minority for every school I attended all the way until college. I think because of this when people post stuff like #whitegirlproblems it makes me a little uncomfortable. I truly believe that what makes us each different and unique also makes us each awesome.  

Anyhow, back to Rosa Parks. Be a good rolemodel for your kids, treat everyone with respect, and if you see something injust happening, do what you can to stop it. Just as Rosa did by not giving up her seat all those years ago.


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