Alice Allison Dunnigan

Claudette Colvin

Claudette Colvin is a civil rights activist who, before Rosa Parks, refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She was arrested and became one of four plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle, which ruled that Montgomery’s segregated bus system was unconstitutional. Colvin later moved to New York City and worked as a nurse’s aide. She retired in 2004.” (via https://www.biography.com/.amp/activist/claudette-colvin) #BlackHistoryMonth

The Dictionary of the Wolf

“We all declare for liberty,” Lincoln said.
“We use the word and mean all sorts of things:
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.
Rifle the basket that thy neighbor brings.”

The grizzled axman squinted at Honest Abe,
The six feet four of him, gaunt, sad of face,
The hands to split a log or cradle a babe,
The cracked palm hat, the homespun of his race.

“The wolf tears at the sheep’s throat: and the sheep
Extols the shepherd for cudgeling tyranny;
The wolf, convulsed with indignation deep,
Accuses the shepherd of murdering liberty.

“But the dictionary of the wolf is writ
In words the rats of time chew bit by bit.”

You can find this poem and others like it by checking his book out: “Harlem Gallery” and Other Poems of Melvin B. Tolson

Nat ‘King’ Cole

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Ann Cole Lowe

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Malcolm X

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Pearl Bailey

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