second daughter's second day on earth By Kri galvan-dubois

This is a very detailed and intricate video that specifically specifies on all of the details with in the Civil Rights Movement.

“My birth certificate says: Female Negro

Mother: Mary Anne Irby, 22, Negro

Father: Jack Austin Woodson, 25, Negro

In Birmingham, Alabama, Martin Luther King Jr.

is planning a march on Washington, where

John F. Kennedy is president.

In Harlem, Malcolm X is standing on a soapbox

talking about a revolution.

Outside the window of University Hospital,

snow is slowly falling. So much already

covers this vast Ohio ground.

In Montgomery, only seven years have passed

since Rosa Parks refused

to give up

her seat on a city bus.

I am born brown-skinned, black-haired

and wide-eyed.

I am born Negro here and Colored there

and somewhere else,

the Freedom Singers have linked arms,

their protests rising into song:

Deep in my heart, I do believe

that we shall overcome someday.

and somewhere else, James Baldwin

is writing about injustice, each novel,

each essay, changing the world.

I do not yet know who I’ll be

what I’ll say

how I’ll say it . . .”

“Not even three years have passed since a brown girl

named Ruby Bridges

walked into an all-white school.

Armed guards surrounded her while hundreds

of white people spat and called her names.

She was six years old.

I do not know if I’ll be strong like Ruby.

I do not know what the world will look like

when I am finally able to walk, speak, write . . .

Another Buckeye!

the nurse says to my mother.

Already, I am being named for this place.

Ohio. The Buckeye State.

My fingers curl into fists, automatically

This is the way, my mother said,

of every baby’s hand.

I do not know if these hands will become

Malcolm’s—raised and fisted
Or Martin's- open and asking
or James’s—curled around a pen.

I do not know if these hands will be

or Ruby’s

gently gloved

and fiercely folded

calmly in a lap,

on a desk,

around a book,


to change the world . . .


What I really like in this poem is all of the different varieties and types of people there are in many communities. Whether you're forgiving and open to ideas or if you write inspiration you are who you are and you may always have variety of personality. Maybe Jacqueline has a little bit of attributes herself similar to Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Ruby Bridges, James Baldwin and Rosa Parks. Lastly I like this poem for that she is aware of her past and looks towards the future. She knows that in her life time she will still have to fight towards a better free life ,but she knows in the future that there will be equal rights amongst everyone no matter what skin color or gender.

All of theses people listed above in this poem were all people who fought for civil rights so that is why Jacqueline compares herself to these inspirational people because she fights for civil rights to.

About these people.

Martin Luther King Jr. : Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.

Malcom X: Malcolm X was a black civil rights activist and a minister. He really wanted to bring all people to have an equal amount of rights by trying to gett rid of segregation. However, he believed This meant that he, would use violence to abolish racism. He also, sadly, was assassinated in 1965.

Ruby Bridges: Ruby Bridges was the first black child to attend an all white school at the age of 6, so she had received a lot of hatred from most of the white family's , so much so that that she needed to be escorted around by U,S marshals and her Mother to keep her safe.

Rosa Parks: was a Civil rights activist who refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger, sprowting the Montgomery boycott and other efforts to end segregation.

James Baldwin: Born on August 2, 1924, in New York City, James Baldwin had published the 1953 novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, going on to garner acclaim for his insights on race, spirituality and humanity. Other novels included Giovanni's Room, Another Country and Just Above My Head as well as essay works like Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time. Having lived in France, he died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul de Vence.

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