Day 7 of our #crosscountry #roadtrip:
We woke up in Montgomery, Alabama and went to the Rosa Parks Museum. It's actually a fairly small museum, divided into two parts. 🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌 The first part was sitting inside a bus and having a Magical School Bus type of experience. We watched vignettes of important components of the civil rights movement, starting from the origin of Jim Crow. There were about four vignettes proceeding the Rosa Parks monumental incident, but the one that stood out to me the most was the origin of Jim Crow.
In the 1830s to 40s, white entertainer, Thomas Dartmouth Rice, performed a popular song-and-dance act in black face. He named the character Jim Crow, supposedly after seeing little (African American) boys performing a song and dance in the streets and calling the character in the song Jim Crow. 🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌🚌 We were on the bus with a school field trip of about 40 young students, almost all black students. I couldn't help but wonder if this was their first real exposure to the 1950s civil rights movement. Particularly because I don't feel that we spent enough time on this subject when I was in school, and I wondered if we still weren't telling all of America's story to our youth yet.
The second half of the museum was pretty small, and the people around us had little tolerance for small kids. That's okay though. The Magical School Bus was the best part anyway! Unfortunately, I left at a loss with how to explain what black people endured to our 3 yo. Thankfully, he just sees people as people ❤💙💚💛🧡💜 #rosaparks #montgomery #alabama #family #historymaker #civilrights