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Grace Wu

Grace Wu

Nine months before Rosa Parks’ protest, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat. Maude Ballou and her family faced constant danger due to her job as Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal secretary. Bayard Rustin, King’s mentor, actively advocated for civil rights and gay causes.

We often quote King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” or hear about how Parks stood up to a white passenger on the bus. But Colvin, Ballou and Rustin are usually not the names we bring up when we discuss America’s civil rights movement that took place in the mid-1900s.

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A timely thought, especially now as we are seeing DeSantis and others attacking teaching Black American history. Most of us older folks came out of 12 years of public education knowing the names of only perhaps 2 or 3 Black people who influenced our history, which is a warped perception.

Dirk van Ulden

Westy - you are living up to being annoying. He is not blocking Black History but he is asking the school boards to remove any references to exogenous characteristics that Blacks may have. These have nothing to do with being Black but it is yet another attempt to indoctrinate our children with false information.


Thank you Ms. Wu for your informative column. Unfortunately there are "hidden figures" in all walks of life and all parts of history. Many people have contributed to the good, and in some cases the bad, of civilization throughout time without the acknowledgment they should have received.

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