February is our month. This is a time to reflect on our bravery, our perseverance, our unwavering strength. This is an opportunity to use our past as a guiding light for our future. This is an occasion for us to look at the civil rights activists, the sit-ins, the freedom riders, the boycotts and the countless protests and movements that have shaped the Black American community. This is our history.
National Association of Colored Women Protest
When: 1946Where: Washington D.C.Catalyst: In 1946, two Black couples were lynched at Moore’s Ford Bridge in Georgia. The couples, one of which were expecting a baby, were brutally attacked by a White mob, who shot the couples and hung them from trees.What Happened: Angered by what has been come to known as the “Monroe Murders,” 50 members of the National Association of Colored Women traveled to Washington D.C. and picketed outside of the White House, demanding that laws be passed outlawing lynching. “America, our home, let it be known that lynching must cease,” one of their signs read.