Updated: Aug 31, 2020
From December 1955 to December 1956...it black people boycotted the Montgomery bus system.
Recently a colleague, Danielle Wright, reminded me that it took 381 days of boycotting for black people to be granted their right to sit anywhere on the bus.
I am reflecting deeply on the 381 days in which black people walked where ever they needed to go, organized protests, and stood together to force change in a system that refused to see them as equal, as even human. And I look at where we are today...my biggest hope is that we keep going.
"During the Montgomery bus boycott, we came together and remained unified for 381 days. It has never been done again. The Montgomery boycott became the model for human rights throughout the world.” - Rosa Parks
I'm asking myself...what does my 381 days look like? What is my contribution to this dismantling a system I did not create? I don't know what every day looks like now. I do know that I am going to do something.
I'm tired some days...I'm down some days...I'm scared some days...and yet I keep moving because there is a deep sense of urgency and anticipation for what we can all do together. I'm sure the Montgomery protestors were tired...I'm sure they were scared...I'm sure some days they were down.
It is our collective individual acts that can make a difference.
Join me! Choose something to do each day!
381 days...what will your protest/action/commitment be?
Adria Kitchens is a Certified Feminine Power Transformational Coach, Facilitator and Leader and mother of three amazing adult children living their passions in the world. She has been personally mentored by Dr. Claire Zammit, creator of Feminine Power and founder of Evolving Wisdom, for over a decade. She has a MBA, MAFM from Keller Graduate School of Management, a BA from Johns Hopkins University and is a native of and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.