Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March 2, 2010

March 2 marks the 55th anniversary of one of the seminal events of the civil rights movement. On this day in 1955 an angry black teenager, Claudette Colvin, refused to surrender her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama and was dragged off to jail shouting, "It's my constitutional right!" This was nine months before Rosa Parks, age 42, secretary of the local NAACP chapter and trained at the Highlander Folk School, took the same stand.

To learn about this major, but not well-known, civil rights figure and get a fresh perspective on the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott, we'd like to recommend an excellent new book, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose.

Hawk sitting in the bare tree outside the office window all afternoon, swiveling his head 180° left {mostly) and right. Did an enourmous white pooper, then fanned and preened, maybe digesting and passing a local rodent. Watching and waiting patiently for another potential kill. A juve I think, from a tail-on view.

Oh-and-uh ... We're moving to New Orleans. Maybe in early May.
See New Orleans News . 1, just above.

I'm also going to be writing about the Wheatlands, Cynthia and Richard, favorite friends who passed away in '08/'09. Extraordinary people - with grace, wit, class, learning, style - and the very last Boston Brahmins, especially of the Beacon Hill branch. I enjoyed and miss them so much. And still do in my memories, which I'll share with you.

Image (at top) ... Basketball Court. North End, Boston.

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