Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Unfamiliar Faces – Lost to History by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

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In Yecheilyah’s third post she revisits the events in history that cost the lives or changed them completely for many. We are familiar with the names of those who have been featured in documentaries, books and in films, but there were others who also deserve to be remembered.

Unfamiliar Faces – Lost to History by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Have you ever wondered about those people who was part of history but who you never hear about? Sometimes people get lost to history. For whatever reason, their stories don’t make it to mainstream news, most of the time until years or even centuries later. Below is a list of four random people who were involved in major historical events in some way but whom we never hear much about. I will list a few every Thursday time permitting.

#1

Irene Morgan Kirkaldy in Hartford, Conn.

Irene Morgan – We have all heard of Rosa Parks, but there were at least three women who refused to give up their seats on the bus in the Jim Crow south over the course of history. Eleven years before Parks, Irene Morgan, later known as Irene Morgan Kirkaldy, an African-American woman, was arrested in Middlesex County, Virginia, in 1944 for refusing to give up her seat on an interstate bus according to a state law on segregation. The Irene Morgan Decision inspired the men and women of CORE to create a nationwide protest movement called “The Journey of Reconciliation.” Irene Morgan died on August 10, 2007.

#2

Sarah Collins Rudolph – We’re all familiar with the story of the Four Little Girls who were killed in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama. However, there were five little girls who were injured, four died but one remained. Sarah Collins Rudolph is the fifth little girl who was injured in the 1963 bombing. Her story touches my heart because she was blinded and there is nothing like losing your eyes. In 1963, the Ku Klux Klan bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Sarah Collins Rudolph survived the blast, but her sister Addie Mae and three other girls were killed. Today, Sarah still struggles with the aftermath of the bombing.

#3


Virgil Lamar Ware – Speaking of the 16th Street Bombing, Virgil Lamar Ware is a name we don’t hear very often or probably never did. At 13, Virgil was riding on the handlebars of his brother’s bicycle on September 15, 1963 when he was fatally shot by white teenagers. The white youths had come from a segregationist rally held in the aftermath of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.

#4

Lamar Smith – We have all heard of Emmett Till who was murdered August 28 of 1955. What we don’t hear a lot about is the murder of Lamar Smith just two and a half weeks earlier of this same year. On August 13, 1955 in Brookhaven, Mississippi, a man named Lamar Smith was shot dead on the courthouse lawn by a white man in broad daylight while dozens of people watched. The killer was never indicted because no one would admit they saw a white man shoot a black man.

©YecheilyahYsrayl 2015

My thanks to Yecheilyah for sharing this post from her archives that reminds us of the innocent bystanders who lost their lives or had their lives changed completely by the events of 1963 and those who stood up for equality.

Books by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

The most recent review for Renaissance: The Nora White Story

Let me first start off by saying, I am ready for book 2. Yecheilyah is a very gifted and knowledgeable writer. She takes the time to capture the time historically, allowing the reader to travel to that special era. The characters portrayed in this book are intriguing.

Nora the main character has a dream of becoming a writer. However her families idea for her is not on the path that she wants to take. Growing up in the south, Nora finds it hard to stay in the slow pace in which the south moves. She’s an artist and in order to follow her dreams sacrifices have to be made. The characters that are introduced have exciting stories. The intertwining of actual historical events with the story leaves you both educated and entertained. The twist and turns this story takes will leave you surprised and anxiously waiting for more. The way the story ended will have you craving for closure. This book was such an easy read and the only conflict you will have is choosing which character you love the most!

Where is part 2? Hopefully coming soon!

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yecheilyah-Ysrayl/e/B00ML6OHFA

Read more reviews and follow Yecheilyah on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8336941.Yecheilyah_Ysrayl

About Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Yecheilyah is an Independent Author, Blogger, and Poet. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, red wine, and movie nights. Originally from Chicago, IL, “EC” studied Professional and Technical Writing at Chicago State University and Medical Assistance at Everest College. Founder of Literary Korner Publishing, and The PBS Blog, Yecheilyah has been writing for eighteen years and publishing books for ten years. She loves to blog and dedicate her time toward helping and inspiring other writers through her book reviews and Introduce Yourself Interview Feature. Yecheilyah is a member of the Authors / Bloggers Rainbow Support Group, writes Literary and Historical Fiction, poetry and anything else her mind thinks up. She is currently revising Revelation, Book Two in The Nora White Story along with other writing projects. Yecheilyah lives in Marietta, GA with her husband where she writes full time.

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20 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Unfamiliar Faces – Lost to History by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

  1. Reblogged this on Pearls Before Swine and commented:
    Hey guys. I have not been reblogging these because they can already be found on the site but as a reminder, be sure to visit some of my posts as featured on Sally’s amazing blog feature Smorgasbord Post from Your Archives. To read an updated version of this post just type it into the search widget. And as always, thanks Sally.

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  4. I’d love to see a documentary made of all the brave and forgotten souls lost to history. Women, children, and ethnic ‘minorities’ are especially overlooked. Women have been behind nearly every great social and political movement throughout history. We need to change his-story to herstory 🙂 ❤

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  5. This is not the first time I have been made aware of two of these: “the little girl who survived the church bombing” and “the first woman to refuse to give up her seat on the bus” which underscores your point that their NAMES need to be remembered for their deeds to be remembered: Sarah Collins Rudolph and Irene Morgan Kirkaldy.

    Where is the Memorial Wall for the brave, the fallen and forgotten – many of them women and children? That would be a project worth rallying around.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

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    • Unfortunately new events such as the recent Texas bombing fill our headlines and new names appear daily across cultures. Coming from an Anglo Irish background, I know that many of my ancestors survived the famine, moved countries to escape that and from Catholic persecution at the hands of the British. As did millions of others across races and religions. We should remember as we will in the UK this Sunday but we also need to focus on making sure that these events do not happen in the here and now and that is down to us as individuals and how we bring up our children. Unfortunately, hatred runs in families if that is all they have known. It is only in the last 40 years here that people now no longer comment on the fact that there is a mixed marriage of protestant and Catholic. Which ours is. It takes time and hopefully we have enough of that to make a difference.. xxxx

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