For Colored Girls
Opening: Four women who were prominent in our Black History stood up in opposition to the odds placed against them. Listen as they tell us about their lives, pain, and struggles on how it was to be colored (as they were labeled) during the years of segregation and the civil rights movement. I hope you get a message from this presentation and please enjoy.
Hi – I’m Rosa Parks and I’m a colored girl--on Dec. 1, 1955 in Montgomery Alabama-- I refused to give up my front seat on the bus for a white man—you know they didn’t allow blacks to sit in the front of anywhere back then. I can still remember hearing him say loudly “move to the back of the bus nigga” to say the least I stood firm and refused to move and was arrested and thrown in jail. What crime did I commit? No crime—no crime at all. Because of my stand against ignorance—black children, men, and women can sit anywhere they’d like.
We have been labeled as colored girls by the whites because of the color of our skin. It does not define us nor did it break us for we have OVERCOME the obstacles that were placed before and against us.
Hi – I’m Vivian Malone Jones and I’m a colored girl— in September 1963 I am the first colored girl to enroll in the University of Alabama. Blacks were forbidden to sit in the same place with whites anywhere—and for colored folk to have the chance to get the same education with white folk caused much uneasiness. Governor Wallace along with police, a mob of white folk and dogs blocked the entrance to the college. We had to be escorted in by the National Guard. I graduated in 1965 and because of my bravery; black men and women can attend any college of their choosing. Take advantage of the opportunity and pursue a higher education.
We have been labeled as colored girls by the whites because of the color of our skin. It does not define us nor did it break us for we have OVERCOME the