On Saturday, September 28th, the POPCORN KIDZ, a new youth effort of the People’s Organization for Progress’ Irvington chapter, will host its 9th monthly Black history program for children with special guest civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin.
The program will take place at the Irvington Public Library, located at 5 Civic Square and will begin promptly at 1:30pm.
Admission is free.
This program will spotlight the Black History of September. Ms. Colvin, who was born on September 5, 1939, will be the principal birthday spotlight.
Last August, President Baraka Obama was the children’s monthly birthday spotlight.
Mayor Wayne Smith, Irvington’s mayor, will be on hand. Smith has honored Ms. Colvin with the ‘key to the city’ when she was celebrated by POP during Women’s History Month.
Correcting the historical record, it was Claudette Colvin, who, on March 2, 1955, and she was only 15 years old at the time, was the first to face arrest to personally protest segregated busing in Montgomery, Alabama! Her incredible action inspired others to take similar actions leading up to the more planned and strategic action of the immortal Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955.
It was also Colvin’s case, Browder v. Gayle, joining her action with the actions of Mary Louise Smith, Susie McDonald and Aurelia Browder, that actually struck down segregated busing in the federal courts, ensuring the victory of the Boycott!
Ms.Colvin’s story is captured in the moving biography for young people, Claudette Colvin, Twice Towards Justice, by Phillip Hoose.
“In July, we recognized Nelson Mandela for his 95th birthday and the children made their birthday cards for him. In August, we recognized President Obama for his birthday and the children proudly did the same for him, but in September, with Ms. Colvin, we are actually going to have a freedom fighter here to meet the children and tell her story firsthand,” said an excited Sandra Hayward, initiator of the project.
For more information about the program, call Ms. Hayward at 201 515 9869…