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Sep. 14th, 2020

The Leesburg Stockade Girls.

The Leesburg Stockade Girls

July of 1963, a couple months before MLK Jr's "I have a dream" speech.

In May of 1963, at an invitation from Dr King, thousands of children joined the Civil Rights movement, in May 2nd, 1000, give or take, gathered at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Al. By day's end, over 600 had been arrested.

It didn't deter them. By the end of May, over 5,000 had been jailed.

So, in July, 15 young girls, ages 12 to 15, marched from Friendship Baptist Church to the Martin Theater, in Americus, Ga. Instead of going to the back alley, to enter from the rear, as they were expected to, they lined up out front to purchase tickets.

They were subsequently arrested and bussed to the Leesburg Stockades- yes, *stockade, where livestock is housed for auctions*- in Leesburg, Ga, over 30 miles away.

Their parents were never notified. They were not formally charged. Instead, they were kept in horrid, squalid, inhumane conditions, unbeknownst to the outside world, until a photographer heard a rumor about these girls, and managed to sneak in to get photos of them.

That was how the world at large learned about what was happening to these girls.

As MLK Jr gave his now famous speech in August, they were still held. Still not charged. Still did not have their families informed of where they were, until a janitor who worked there, personally went and informed their parents.

The same week of the church bombing that killed 5 little black girls, on Sept 15, 1963, the Leesburg Stockade Girls were finally released.

*45 days after they were arrested.*

They were never formally charged, but they were charged a fee 'for use of the facility' in which they had been held.

Several are still alive to this day.

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Sep. 7th, 2020

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The Scottsboro Boys. Alabama 1932.

Nine black teenagers, aged 13 to 19, falsely accused of the rape of 2 white women aboard a train near Scottsboro, Alabama.

Their case is widely considered a miscarriage of justice., particularly by the use of all white juries.

It took until 2013 for them to be exonerated and even then, it was only a pardon for a crime they never committed.

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Aug. 31st, 2020

Black History we should know.

I do this over on Instagram, at least once a week. And I thought, there's no reason not to share things I learn over here as well.

These are things I never learned in school. And I know, if I never learned them, chances are, my white friends didn't either. So, my hope is that by sharing what I lean, others will be inspired to learn more too.

Especially since what I'm posting is a mere sypnosis, just enough to get you interested, in the hope that you'll want to dig deeper and learn more on your own.

So every Monday, from here on out, I'll repost here.


Marion Stokes. 1929-2012

Civil Rights Activist, Libratian, Archivist, Television Producer.

She single handedly recorded 35 years (1979 to her death in 2012) of television to prove news media bias. She succeeded. Her work is called 'Input'. She was amazing.

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