History- The Birmingham Children's Crusade The Children’s Crusade was a peaceful protest in Birmingham, Alabama that took place on May 2, 1963. On this day, thousands of African American children marched on the streets to protest segregation. Bermingham was one of the most segregated cities at the time, and one of the many black students that lived there and went to the Children’s Crusade was Gwendolyn Webb. Although Webb was just 14 at the time she vividly remembers all of the signs that controlled her life growing up. Webb recalls her young self wanting to "know what the different tastes of the water was. Why was it white water, and colored water when all of it looked the same coming through the spout?” One of Martin Luther King Jr. associates, Rev. James Bevel set up and helped recruit for the march. During the march, thousands of children walked in protest of segregation. However, police soon came to stop the march. Children endured water pressure hitting them, being bitten by dogs, and rough treatment from the police. The police arrested many children whom spent days in jails before their parents could get them. Months after the march, President John F. Kennedy proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that banned discrimination. Although, Kennedy was assassinated before he could sign it, President Lyndon Johnson succeeded him and signed the act, effectively banning segregation.
National Coming Out Day By the Queer Straight Alliance Club National Coming Out Day is October 11! This day works to increase awareness of the LGBTQ+ community and their identities, as well as celebrate everyone in the community, regardless of whether they’re in the closet or not. Coming out, or coming out of the closet, is when a member of the LGBTQ+ community reveals to someone that they are not straight or not their assigned gender at birth. Coming out is often a scary experience, and a lot of people fear not being accepted, or worse, being kicked out of their home or becoming subject to verbal and physical abuse. What should you do when someone comes out to you? Primarily, you should let them talk as much or a little as they want; some people may want to tell you all about how they discovered their sexuality or gender, and others might want to say “I’m ___” and be done with it. Match their energy: if they’re excited, be excited with them! If they are subdued, be subdued in your response. You should voice your acceptance and work to be a safe person for them to talk to. If someone comes out to you, they trust you enough to tell you a very personal thing, and you must take care of that information. Ask the person who came out who else knows and how secret this is, and respect their wishes with who else they are okay with knowing this information. Finally, independently from that conversation, educate yourself on the LGBTQ+ community and how to be a good ally to them. National Coming Out Day is a celebration of all people’s coming out stories and a moment in so many LGBTQ+ people’s lives.
Upcoming Equity Events
10/19- Acalanes Diversity and Latinos Unidos Club will screen the Latino List 10/21- Dialogue with the Latinos Unidos Club about the movie 10/30- Equity Council- Walton's Academy