Who: NINE RELAY TEAMS OF WOMEN will be walking from the Pauli Murray Historic Marker in Durham to the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation Historic Marker in Chapel Hill. They will walk for Pauli Murray, Ella Baker and Juanita Nelson who helped plan the 1947 action but could not participate because of their gender. They will also walk for Virginia Williams, Joan P. Preiss, Joyce Ware, Ann Atwater, Irene Morgan and Doris Lyon,local women activists whose stories we need to know. The 1947 Journey, known as the First Freedom Ride prior to the 1961 Freedom Rides, had nine white and black men. It included Bayard Rustin, use non-violent direct action to test the 1946 Irene Morgan v State of Virginia U.S. Supreme Court ruling desegregating interstate bus and train travel.
What: Women’s Walk to Commemorate 65th Anniversary of 1947 Journey of Reconciliation, the “First Freedom Ride”
Where: Pauli Murray Historic Marker to Inter-Faith Council, 100 W. Rosemary at N. Columbia Street
When: NOVEMBER 3, 2012 10:00 AM
Why: Why Are We Still Walking?
The work continues. Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer rights, voting rights, prisoners’ rights, immigrant’s rights, women’s rights, and civil rights are still on the line and require our vigilance to protect them. The Walk also shows how we can use history to activate memory and motivation for contemporary activism.
I’ve been both a winner and a loser, but after I lose someone else wins, because this is a relay race.” – Pauli Murray, 1980
How: BIG THANKS to Professor Lau and the Pauli Murray Project and all of the volunteers who helped make this walk possible!
(note: all information taken from http://humanrights.fhi.duke.edu/still-walking-for-justice, thanks Duke Human Rights Center!)
This lesson demonstrates the ability of young people in a community to participate in activism that matters to them.
It does so by highlighting a project put on by Duke students in 2012 and conducting meaningful discussion about the ongoing problems students see in their communities. Students are then asked to brainstorm problems and solutions as a class.
A final project option is to actually carry out a class project to address one of the problems the students are particularly passionate about.