â€œBlack people can fight for injustice in this current day by continuing to take over; to continue protesting and marching for change. We need to start working with the young Black kids and give them education and mentors.â€ –Rebecca Gilton Hardin
Mrs. Rebecca Gilton Hardin was born and raised in Lanett, Alabama in early 1934. Her birth certificate says she is a â€œNegroâ€. She is a wife, a mother of 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and 9 siblings. Rebecca felt that children needed to be treated like people, so she became an elementary teacher in Chicago for 37 years and then became a librarian because there was a shortage of librarians.
- Her father and mother-
- He wanted his kids â€œtallâ€, and Ms. Rebecca called her mother by her first name.
- There were no schools for them. Her father had to build one. However, â€œtheyâ€ sent them a teacher.
- They didnâ€™t have a school bus.
- She was kept in 6th grade for 2 years because she was too little to go downtown for school. Young Rebecca was required to walk 5 miles to her downtown school because there was no school bus for her demographic group.
- She attended Alabama State and was very active in the Civil Rights Movement.
- The Movement-
- She did not fear to march and protesting
- After the law was passed about bus segregation, she had to cross state lines with her sick baby on the bus.
- A white person entered the bus, they asked her to move to the back of the bus. She did, only because she was with her sick baby. If she hadnâ€™t, they would have arrested her.
- She attended a church where Martin Luther King, Jr. was the pastor
- She marched with him in Washington.
- Her white friend
- When she was 8 years old, she would play with a little white girl on a regular basis
- One day the little girl told her, â€œI canâ€™t play with you anymore because you are a negroâ€.
- President Obama
- She cried the day Obama became President
- She believes he did help Black people