January 21, 2011
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, February 6, 1:30 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month, 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, February 6, 1:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.
The event will feature Civil Rights legend Claudette Colvin and activist/author/hip hop artist Bryonn Bain in conversation with distinguished educator Enid Lee. 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 Bain. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is presented in association with San Francisco Unified School District and Awele Makeba.
All programs at the library are free and open to the public.