Willie Mae Goodman decided to send her daughter Marguerite to the Willowbrook State School when Marguerite was four years old.
Transcript: At school, when we interacted, initially, signing was not allowed, that we’d be punished if we used signing.
When she was growing up in Harlem in the 1940s, Reverend Malika Lee Whitney played a lot of street games, like hopscotch, jacks, stick ball, and stoop ball.
As Denise Oliver describes in this video, women involved in the civil rights movement faced sexism within their organizations, even when those organizations said they were committed to liberation and freedom.
Puerto Ricans became citizens of the United States in 1917, as part of the US’s claiming control of the island.
Two Black Harlem police officers, Mike Walker and Ulysses Williams, founded the first Annual World International Double Dutch competition in 1974.
The Eighth Annual World International Double Dutch competition took place at Lincoln Center in 1981.
By the 1980s, Audre Lorde was working full-time as a writer.
In the 1970s and 1980s in New York City, many Black and Latinx neighborhoods were impoverished and their residents were struggling.
Mrs. Willie Mae Goodman heard many people speak of her daughter’s death.
According to New York’s Black newspaper the Amsterdam News, Double Dutch is “a skip-rope activity in which two ropes are turned in eggbeater fashion by two rope turners while a third person jumps within the moving ropes.
Marguerite Goodman lived at the Gouverneur Hospital in lower Manhattan.
In 1970, about one quarter of all New York City public school students were Puerto Rican.
Palante was a self-published newspaper in which the various branches of the Young Lords Party highlighted important issues in their communities.
Born in 1948, Iris Morales was the child of Puerto Rican migrants to New York.
Denise Oliver, born in Brooklyn in 1947, grew up in Queens.
Like many Puerto Rican parents in the South Bronx, Evelina López Antonetty was frustrated that so many Spanish-speaking children were not learning to read.
In 1969, parents in the South Bronx were concerned about what their children ate at school.
Student protesters at City College (CCNY) explained why they organized a strike on their campus and what changes they wanted to achieve.
Although City College, where Audre Lorde taught, was in the predominantly Black and Latinx community of Harlem, there were very few Black or Latinx students who attended.