Today, as then, our challenge is about building inclusion and opportunity for those coming after us. Not just those of us who are here, but ensuring that the bridge that those unsung heros -- those phenomenal women of the past, those ordinary people who did extraordinary things -- that we pass that banner on, we pass that torch on, we hold it high for the next generation. And we continue to show up and build that bridge so that is it there for those who come after us, that it is always there so that they are able to use it.
Senator Linda Coleman
"Woman had many obstacles to overcome," said Senator Coleman, presenting to the luncheon guests that the men were at the helm only after the women spearheaded the movement. It was women who were domestics, working in houses and clerical positions who used the buses for work. While these voices were unceremonious left out (there is visible documentation of their presence in pictures), the women still did make their mark on the movement.
Senator Coleman went on to give more history of women such as Gloria Richardson, Poinsetta Wright, Fannie Lou Hamer, Michelle Obama, Alexis Herman and Condolezza Rice. "It is because of that history that we are here today, celebrating 50 years past and 50 years forward." Hear the entire poignant and empowering speech above.