Abi Q

Oakland | Boy Mom | Wife to Ryan Q | Photographer @abiqphoto | I'm not here to win a popularity contest ✌🏾️

Indie’s favorite part of going to dads office is watching the cars below. 😍 #indiowildegard #vsco
Day 18. Mary Church Terrell. The daughter of two former slaves. Was one of the first Black women to earn a college degree. Afterwards, she moved to Washington DC where her beliefs in equality led her to found the Colored Women’s League. Eventually the league merged with the National Federation of Afro-American Women and Mary was named the president. Along with Ida B Wells, Mary was invited to attend the conference composed of Black and White leaders that would create the NAACC. She worked tirelessly for the civil rights for Blacks and the rights of women until her death. . . . QUOTES:: And so, lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go, struggling and striving, and hoping that the buds and blossoms of our desires will burst into glorious fruition ere long. With courage, born of success achieved in the past, with a keen sense of the responsibility which we shall continue to assume, we look forward to a future large with promise and hope. Seeking no favors we knock at the bar of justice, asking for a equal chance. . . Surely nowhere in the world do oppression and persecution based solely on the color of the skin appear more hateful and hideous than in the capital of the United States, because the chasm between the principles upon which this Government was founded, in which it still professes to believe, and those which are daily practiced under the protection of the flag, yawn so wide and deep. . . I cannot help wondering sometimes what I might have become and might have done if I had lived in a country which had not circumscribed and handicapped me on account of my race, that had allowed me to reach any height I was able to attain. . . . #blackhistorywithabiq #blackhistory
At @photonative @_xst talked about gentrifications of neighborhoods and cities and how the color from them disappears with gentrification both in the people and in murals and paint choices. I’d never really thought of it, but thinking of Oakland 8 years ago when we moved here vs Oakland now, he was right. At first when I painted the stairs they felt bright and I wasn’t sure of them. And then my friends told me they reminded them of houses in Granada, Nicaragua and because of my love for that country, they grew on me. And then I thought of gentrification of neighborhoods and paint choices and I knew they were perfect for keeping a little bit of color in our piece of the town.
Day 17. Brittany Packnett. Modern day activist, vice president of national community alliances for Teach for America, a co-founder of Campaign Zero, and a member of President Barack Obama's 21st Century Policing Task Force. Full of so much wisdom. In my research of her, I found this interview and it’s perfect. Link in profile and below. . . . READ:: https://theundefeated.com/features/activist-brittany-packnett-is-woke-and-shes-empowering-others-too/ . . . FOLLOW: https://twitter.com/MsPackyetti . . . QUOTES: I was raised to know that in the small things and in the large things, the recognition of our community and humanity matters. Period, end of story. Whether or not other people want to acknowledge it or understand it doesn’t mean that it’s not important. #blackhistorywithabiq
Strong. Fierce. Brave. He wants to be a musician when he grow up and wrote me a song today and my heart was all 💥💥💥. #finleyasiimwelane
Day 16. BLACK PANTHER MOVIE and why it matters. This is Black history being made. Also adoptive parents, foster parents, aunts and uncles #representationmatters #representationmatters #representationmatters . . . READ:: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/magazine/why-black-panther-is-a-defining-moment-for-black-america.html . . . #blackhistorywithabiq
Taking in the views at @vsco #indiowildegard
Day 15. Audrey Faye Hendricks. Audrey’s parents were both active in the civil rights movement. And every Monday night (for 6 years) Audrey attended mass meetings at her church with her family. “It was no way for me not to really be involved,” Audrey said. “My parents were involved from the point that I could remember…" Dr King tried for months to get adults to break the segregation laws. But the adults were nervous. They were worried the would get evicted and lose their jobs, or worse. In April Rev. James Bevel proposed a new idea, that the children march and go to jail if the adults wouldn’t do it. When the new idea of the children's march was announced, 8 year old Audrey wanted to join in. “On Thursday morning, May 2, 1963, her parents took her to Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. She left the church with a group of students, all singing “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ’Round.” As her parents watched, she was arrested and taken to Juvenile Hall at City Jail” Audrey stayed in jail for a week. When she was released, she returned to school the next day. “No one asked her about her week in jail, and she didn’t say anything. “I was just one of the kids, as everybody else was,” she said. “It didn’t dawn on me that it was a big deal.” “When she graduated from Center Street Elementary, Audrey volunteered to join the first class to integrate Ramsey High School. She attended college and held her first professional job in Dallas, Texas. After eight years there, she was drawn back to Birmingham, where she worked for more than twenty-five years with young children from low-income families. In 2007, she earned a master’s degree. Her thesis focused on women—like herself and her mother—who were active in the civil rights movement. “ (www.wegotajob.com) . . . READ: The youngest marcher . . . WATCH: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/iml04.soc.ush.civil.ahendric/audrey-hendricks/#.WoXfY5M-fdQ . . . #blackhistorywithabiq #blackhistory
Stone was cold. Finn was liberated. Indie didn’t want apart of the photo and was frolicking happily. I was just trying to document it. That feeling of the wind and the sight of the mustard fields in full bloom and the freezing hands and happy laughs. We need more days like this, as a family, and we need to slow down more. I’m realizing this more and more and trying my hardest to listen and notice their cues. Mothering is hard work, this raising of small souls, but I’m trying my best. Hopefully, that will be enough. #selfieswiththeqs
Day 14. Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin. Most people think of Rosa Parks as the first person to refuse to give up their seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. There were actually several women who came before her; one of whom was Claudette Colvin. It was March 2, 1955, when the fifteen-year-old schoolgirl refused to move to the back of the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks’ stand that launched the Montgomery bus boycott. Claudette had been studying Black leaders like Harriet Tubman in her segregated school, those conversations had led to discussions around the current day Jim Crow laws they were all experiencing. When the bus driver ordered Claudette to get up, she refused, “It felt like Sojourner Truth was on one side pushing me down, and Harriet Tubman was on the other side of me pushing me down. I couldn't get up." Claudette Colvin’s stand didn’t stop there. Arrested and thrown in jail, she was one of four women who challenged the segregation law in court. If Browder v. Gayle became the court case that successfully overturned bus segregation laws in both Montgomery and Alabama, why has Claudette’s story been largely forgotten? At the time, the NAACP and other Black organizations felt Rosa Parks made a better icon for the movement than a teenager. As an adult with the right look, Rosa Parks was also the secretary of the NAACP, and was both well-known and respected – people would associate her with the middle class and that would attract support for the cause. But the struggle to end segregation was often fought by young people, more than half of which were women. - PBS . . . QUOTES:: Back then, as a teenager, I kept thinking, Why don't the adult around here just say something? Say it so they know we don't accept segregation? I knew then and I know now that, when it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.' And I did. . . . I just couldn't move. History had me glued to the seat. . . . #blackhistorywithabiq #blackhistorymonth
Working on our skate park etiquette. Still have a long ways to go. As 🤷🏻‍♀️ personality as I am, and as much as I’m all oh rules are meant to be broken, I really hate when people act annoyed at us. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Anyone feel me?! And then the boys don’t listen, and I get louder trying to be heard and it ends in chaos. 😭 So. All that to say, I’ve made a conscious decision that something has to change and I’m raising children, not roses. Day three of no yelling and it’s already been a big improvement on the stress of parenting three boys. Long ways to go but it’s a start and I’ll take it. Also:: the book I’m reading in my stories on peaceful parenting is amazinggggg. ✌🏼✌🏼🎉 #indiowildegard
Day 13. Coretta Scott King. Although best known as the wife of MLK Jr., Coretta established a career in activism in her own right. She was strong, she was brave. She was remarkable. Working alongside with her husband, Coretta took part in the Montgomery Bus Boycott and worked to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Four days after MLK Jr died, despite government officials urging her to call off the protest, she led a peaceful march -of the Memphis sanitation workers and their wives and families- as 42,000 people joined her. The protest was the one MLK Jr had came to Memphis to attend and she carried through with his plans, even in the wake of his death. Soon afterwards, Coretta launched the Poor People’s Campaign, a movement to end poverty. The crusade had been one of MLK’s dreams that he didn’t live long enough to carry out. But she did. “During her life, Coretta received honorary doctorates from over 60 colleges and universities, authored three books and a nationally-syndicated newspaper column; and served on and helped found dozens of organizations, including the Black Leadership Forum, the National Black Coalition for Voter Participation, and the Black Leadership Roundtable. Not only did she have a crucial role in the Civil rights movement, but she also held meetings with heads of state, including prime ministers and presidents. She met great spiritual leaders- Pope John Paul, the Dalai Lama, Dorothy Day, and Bishop Desmond Tutu. She witnessed the historic handshake between Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Chairman Yassir Arafat at the signing of the Middle East Peace Accords. She stood with Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg when he became South Africa’s first democratically-elected president. A woman of wisdom, compassion and vision, Coretta Scott King tried to make ours a better world and, in the process, made history.” ( thekingcenter.org) . . . QUOTES:: Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation. . . . READ:: My Life with Martin Luther King . . . WATCH:: www.history.com/topics/coretta-scott-king #blackhistorywithabiq
I like, can’t. He’s been doing this little 😏😏 look lately and it makes me halfway squeal and halfway heart skip a best bc he’s so damn cute and then a little splash of 🤔 like how you be giving me a side eye already you’re only four!!!!!!! #indiowildegard
Day 12. Ernest Gaines. One of 12 kids. Raised by his great-aunt, Augusteen Jefferson. A graduate of SFU and Stanford. When he began his writing, Ernest chose to focuses on the history and folklore of a more distant past while most other Black writers were finding their voices in the political and social turbulence of the sixties, “A lot happened in those 350 years between the time we left Africa and the fifties and sixties when [black writers] started writing novels about the big-city ghettos. We cannot ignore that rural past or those older people in it. Their stories are the kind I want to write about. I am what I am today because of them.” He said He wrote several novels, but earned wide recognition with his third novel, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. The main character was based of his Aunt Teen. Ernest has received numerous literary awards: a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Louisiana Library Association Award, the Black Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and the prestigious Genius award. His works have been translated into several languages, including French, Japanese, Chinese, German, Norwegian, and Russian. Writer Wallace Stegner once asked Ernest to describe his intended audience; to which Ernest replied that he wrote for no one in particular. When Wallace pressed the issue, he eventually answered: “I’d probably say I write for the black youth of the South, to make them aware of who they are. [I also write for] the white youth of the South to make them aware that unless they understand their black neighbors they cannot understand themselves.” I mean, if that’s not a #micdrop I don’t know what is. . . . QUOTES:: Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That's the only thing. . . . Grace under pressure isn't just about bullfighters and men at war. It's about getting up every day to face a job or a white boss you don't like but have to face to feed your children so they'll grow up to be a better generation. . . . READ:: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman . . . #blackhistorywithabiq #blackhistorymonth
Day 11. Jesse Williams. I first found him through Grey's Anatomy, but his activism is what I want to acknowledge and talk about. Jesse is a member of Black Lives Matter and marched in Ferguson. He worked and appeared alongside Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Laurens Grant on the BET original documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement. The film “chronicles the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement through the first-person accounts of local activists, protesters, scholars, journalists and celebrities,” (BET) In addition, he serves on the board of directors for a civil rights organization, The Advancement Project. “The Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, (they) exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. (They) use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.” (Www.advencementproject.org) Campaigns under the project include the “Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track” program and the “I Dream a School “ campaign, which works for reform in the nation’s public education system. . . . QUOTES:: We should all have the opportunity to at least get a basic education and feel that you are worthy of something in life. . . The interesting thing about white power and the desperate white knuckling grip on this thing call whiteness, which is a myth in itself, is that black folks... we're not asking you to invent new laws for us. We're asking you to include us in the laws that are already on the books. . . Even with videotaped evidence of police destroying black people, many freedom- loving Americans remain unconvinced of a systematic problem. . . . WATCH:: Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement. . . . FOLLOW:: @ijessewilliams on Twitter. His feed and words are brilliant. #blackhistorywithabiq Thanks to @terracooperphotography for doing the research for this post!
My favorite building in Oakland. It makes my heart skip a little beat every time I see it. #thisisoakland
Day 10. James Weldon Johnson. Civil rights activist, writer, composer, politician, educator and lawyer. First Black professor at NYU. Seen as one of the leading figures in the creation and development of the Harlem Renaissance. Author of “ Lift Every Voice and Sing” . While originally as a poem , it was set to music and performed for the first time by 500 school children in honor of Lincoln’s birthday. It was soon adopted by the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) as its official song. Today “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is one of the most cherished songs of the African American Civil Rights Movement and is often referred to as the Black National Anthem. . . . QUOTES:: We have come over a way that with tears has been watered, We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered. I believe it to be a fact that the colored people of this country know and understand the white people better than the white people know and understand them. . . . READ:: The selected writings of James Weldon Johnson #blackhistorywithabiq #blackhistory
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