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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.
The author, Jacqueline Woodson, was born on February 12, 1963. The quote above explains the significance of Woodson's birth date: she was born at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.
The mentions of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and President Kennedy are powerful reminders of our country's history.
President Kennedy died after he was assassinated on November 22, 1963. However, prior to his death, Kennedy was an avid supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. It was Kennedy who initially proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He did this in June. However, Kennedy died without seeing the fruits of his labors.
In August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous "I Have A Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Meanwhile, Malcolm X, an African American civil rights leader, made his "Message to the Grassroots" speech on November 13th, 1963 at the Detroit Council Leadership Conference. Weeks after the conference, President Kennedy was assassinated. Malcolm X himself was assassinated on February 21, 1965. So, Woodson was born at a time of turmoil and at the very height of the Civil Rights Movement.
My father's family
can trace their history back
to Thomas Woodson of Chillicothe, said to be
the first son
of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
this isn't so but . . .
The above quote mentions an important historical figure, Thomas Woodson. Sally Hemings was said to have had six children with Thomas Jefferson. However, Thomas is not included in the list of legal children. Today, descendants of Thomas Woodson maintain that there is evidence for Thomas' connection to Hemings and Jefferson. They cite evidence from their family's strong oral history.
According to the history, Thomas was Sally's first child with Jefferson. Reports are that he was sent away from Monticello in his youth. Please refer to the link above for more discussions about Thomas Woodson.
In Brown Girl Dreaming , the mention of Thomas Woodson is significant. The author believes that Thomas was responsible for the success many members of her family have enjoyed. It was said that Thomas believed in high standards when he was alive. Today, the author is proud of the long line of...
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