“Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth’s sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.”
-Louisa May Alcott
Two Americans who spoke their minds, stood for their ideals and didn’t let ridicule hold them down were born today: Louisa May Alcott of Little Women fame in 1832 and Representative Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. of NY in 1908. Louisa May Alcott had many roles in her lifetime: writer, nurse, abolitionist, suffragette and was constantly working having grown up and known poverty very well. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. had a very good upbringing in NYC where his dad, Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. became the pastor of the world famous Abyssinian Church in Harlem. After Adam, Jr. obtained his MA at Columbia University, he took over the pastorship at Abyssinian. From the pulpit and as a 12-term Representative of his District in Harlem, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. never shied away from controversy or from speaking truth to power. As a child I would see him on TV and enjoy listening to him; he was quite charismatic and quite handsome.
Both individuals should not be forgotten. They spoke from the heart; did what they had to do; toiled hard and aggressively. They gave their best.
Also on this day, in 1933, English rocker/blues musician, John Mayall was born and he is still performing. I remember buying his albums and loved “Room to Move,” with the lyric, “I Can’t Give My Best Unless I Got Room to Move.” Happy 80th John Mayall!
I think Louisa May Alcott and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. made their own room and spread their wings and in their own way told the world to “Watch Out, Here I am!”