Annette Atkins was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1944. She remembers the day when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger on December the first 1955. Parks is considered the First Lady of the civil rights movement in the United States. Montgomery is considered to be the birth place of the civil rights movement.
Annette was 11 years old when the Freedom Marchers took to the streets and sang their song petitioning then Governor George Wallace to allow free voter registration. Annette still remembers the song. “We aint gonna let Governor Wallace turn us around.”
Divorce, alcoholism and ten gun shot wounds could not keep a woman like Annette from sharing her story. Annette Atkins shared that story with me on June 22 2011 and I am thankful she was brave enough to do so.