Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sista Gwen Patton, Presente'

Veteran Alabama Freedom Fighter, Dr Gwen Patton has joined the Ancestors. She was a key SNCC Organizer and Leader who was instrumental in bringing Malcolm X  down to Alabama to speak to young people in 1965... just days before his assassination. Sister Gwen was also in the forefront of fighting for equity between Sisters & Brothers in and out of the Movement. She was also a key organizer against the Draft and the War in Vietnam helping to organize a National Black Antiwar AntiDraft Union (NBWADU) during the late 1960s and 70s. Sister Gwen went on to become an activist educator and Movement archivist. While in SNCC, she survived two suspicious car accidents with leg injuries (often, SNCC workers would be harrassed by racists on the remote back roads of southern states). Look here for more biographical info of Sister Dr Gwen Patton.... --SEA
Dr. Gwendolyn M. Patton has been a freedom fighter since birth.  In her own words:  "I was a Movement child and conscious since I was nine years old, in 1952, when I had my first conscious protest in Montgomery, Alabama. My grandmother’s rental property was the Freedom House for SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) organizers. In 1960, when I was 16, I wanted to go to Raleigh, North Carolina for the historic sit-ins, but I couldn’t. When I went to Tuskegee in 1961 as a student, the sit-ins occurred and SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) became a natural organization for me to join — unlike the preacher-dominated and male-controlled SCLC. In SNCC it was a natural peer relationship.

I was Student Body President at Tuskegee and helped establish a strong community relationship. We raised the term 'relevance' in terms of education and inquiry."

from Scott Douglass in Birmingham:
Reception in Honor of Freedom Fighter Dr. Gwen Patton
Trenholm State College Library
3086 Mobile Hwy
Montgomery, AL 36108
Thursday, May 18, 2017
5:30pm -  6:30pm
Delta Sigma Theta
Montgomery Alumnae 
Omega Omega Service
Ross-Clayton Funeral Home
1412 Adams Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Friday, May 19, 2017
Hutchinson Missionary Baptist Church
860 Grove Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Faith Holsaert
2109 Sprunt
Durham, NC 27705

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