Riding While Black 1955: Claudette Colvin/Walking While Black 1999: Bryonn Bain

Social Justice Program with Civil Rights Legend Claudette Colvin at San Francisco Main Library, Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m.

The African American Interest Committee of the San Francisco Public Library is hosting a social justice program, Riding While Black 1955: Claudette Colvin / Walking While Black 1999: Bryonn Bain, on Sunday, Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.

The event will feature a conversation between distinguished educator Enid Lee and Civil Rights legend Claudette Colvin. In 1955, at the age of 15, Colvin, who hailed from Alabama, refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white person, in violation of local law. Her arrest preceded that of Rosa Parks' by nine months. The following year she became the star witness in the federal case, Browder v. Gayle, which desegregated the Montgomery, Ala. buses.

The event will also feature a performance piece about Claudette Colvin by Bay Area storyteller Awele Makeba, as well as a performance by poet/activist/spoken word artist Bryonn Bain. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Other supporting agencies include, San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society, San Francisco Unified School District, Museum of the Africa Diaspora (MOAD) and the Hotel Whitcomb.

All programs at the library are free and open to the public.

PSA SCRIPTS

PSA: 30 seconds

The San Francisco Public Library hosts a special program on civil rights and social justice on Sunday October 10 featuring Civil Rights legend Claudette Colvin in conversation with Enid Lee. Join us for the program, “Riding While Black 1955 … Walking While Black 1999” which also features activist and spoken word poet Bryonn Bain and storyteller Awele Makeba (ah WAY lay mah KEY bah), at the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium beginning at 1:30 p.m. on October 10. Sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All events at the library are free.  For more information, go to S-F-P-L  dot  o-r-g.

PSA: 50 seconds

The African American Interest Committee of the San Francisco Public Library hosts a special program on civil rights and social justice on Sunday, October 10 featuring Civil Rights legend Claudette Colvin in conversation with Enid Lee. In 1955, at the age of 15, Colvin refused to give up her seat to a white person on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, in violation of local law. The following year she became the star witness in the federal case that desegregated the Montgomery, Alabama buses. Join us for an afternoon of spoken word poetry, performance and conversation called, “Riding While Black 1955 … Walking While Black 1999” which also features activist poet Bryonn Bain and storyteller Awele Makeba (ah WAY lay mah KEY bah),  at the San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium on October 10 beginning at 1:30 p.m.. Sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All events at the library are free.  For more information, go to S-F-P-L  dot  o-r-g.   Accessible by MUNI and BART Civic Center Station.

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