May 6, 1922: Gloria Richardson is Born

 

Mrs. Gloria Richardson, head of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, pushes a National Guardsman's bayonet aside as she moves among a crowd in Cambridge, Maryland, on July 21, 1963. (AP Photo)

Mrs. Gloria Richardson, head of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee, pushes a National Guardsman’s bayonet aside as she moves among a crowd in Cambridge, Maryland, on July 21, 1963. (AP Photo)

Gloria Richardson was born on May 6, 1922. “A first-class citizen does not beg for freedom. A first-class citizen does not plead to the white power-structure to give him something that the whites have no power to give or take away. Human rights are human rights, not white rights.” Richardson led the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee (a SNCC affiliate) in Cambridge, Maryland to fight against institutional racism.

To learn more, read Richardson’s article in Freedomways, 1964 on the CRMvet.org website. Also, see 2013 interview on Democracy Now! and the chapter in “Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC.” See also, “Civil War on Race Street: The Civil Rights Movement in Cambridge, Maryland” and an overview of the struggle in Cambridge 1963.

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