In 1931, the Scottsboro Boys were arrested in Alabama for a rape they did not commit. And for many worldwide, this case didn’t just spark one-time efforts to free them. It radicalized them.
That’s where Rosa Parks started, decades before stepping onto a Montgomery bus in 1955. A teenage Parks attended secret meetings, fundraised, and met her future husband, who introduced her to activism.
An older writer, Langston Hughes, was already acclaimed during the trial. Days before his appearance at an all-white university, Hughes published writing about the boys in a radical paper.
This caused controversy, with some calling for police intervention, but Hughes stuck by his words.
Today, history continues to radicalize us and push us to step into our power for Black liberation. But so do newer names, voices, and stories, like George Floyd and Oluwatoyin Salau.
What are the moments that radicalized you? And what are you going to do about it?