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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Freedom Riders

Today is the 2nd day of the Freedom ride from Washington DC to Alabama.

Freedom Riders Map

50 years and a day ago today, there were a group of students and young adult who chose to test the newly instated federal laws around prejudices in America. Jim Crow laws were designed to keep people separated and prejudices alive in the south of the United States. Yesterday, I had the privilege and honor to watch the broadcast of Oprah and her thank you to these riders. She had 170 of the overall, 300 participants in her audience for the world to see. Ok Oprah, that is the first time you ever got me to instantly cry and turn into water works. You finally did it. It is absolutely overwhelming to know that generation of legacies are alive and kicking. THANK YOU! I am dedicated this day of broadcast to you! (Freedom Riders). Without your commitment to making a difference, I know I wouldn't have the life that I have now. Again Thank YOU!

My mom always reminded me, that struggle was not that long ago. A tradition in our house was Martin Luther King's birthday was always celebrated. That is why I was never in school on his actual birthday. MLK's birthday was a day for us to observe and honor the speeches, the commitment, and the difference in which all pof these individuals made for our lives. When the Freedom ride started my mother was 6 years old in the deep heart of Florida. Oprah had to again remind me of how recent this all occurred. I can admit due to my privilege and commitment to p[privilege from my parents, it never really seemed as a privilege. Now that I am older and wiser, I really understand and honor the privilege. Mama always said, "It wasn't that long ago that people had separate water fountains, bathrooms, restaurant entrances and so on. She even shared with me about her "great migration to the north". My grandmother, Betty Donnelley, moved her 5 children to Chicago, so that they too can have a better life. Thank you. These are things that reminds how precious my life, your life, our lives really are. So in honor of the Freedom riders, my parents, and Martin Luther King, my heart filled gratitude reaches out to you!

Enjoy the fruits of your labor. We are SheFM©.