Shirley Was Arrested

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© Sherry Davis Johnson
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UploadedNovember 9, 2008
TakenNovember 8, 2008
MakeCasio Computer Co.,ltd.
Exposure2/5 sec at f/5
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Focal Length14.5 mm
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This letter was sent to her parents explaining what happened.

Mom was arrested on several occasions and bailed out by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. repeatedly. A letter was sent from Talladega College to her parents with the hopes that they would understand the reasons for Mom's participation in the organized demonstrations. The letter espoused that the arrests were a necessary means of making democracy a living reality and to "eliminate the segregation of public facilities in the city."

While awaiting the results of this election, Mom sat quietly thinking about the smell of the pillow in the jail cell. She remembered the food tray that was pushed through the opening in the bars. She remembered 1963 when her twenty one year old, eighty six pound frame was dragged from a five and dime store for having the audacity to order a Coke...which landed her in jail...again.

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30 responses

  • Patricia Shanahan

    Patricia Shanahan gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    What a treasure ! Awesome !

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    Awesome essay girl!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (9 Nov 2008):

    If one is to be arrested, I can think of no better reason than this. Far, far better than the reasons for the overwhelming amount of arrests today. You did (and do) well.

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    Wow, what a document...thank you so much for posting this.

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (12 Nov 2008):

    Awesome; you get some finds !

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2008):

    Great find, good entry...

  • Hannah DeYoung

    Hannah DeYoung gave props (16 Nov 2008):


  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (17 Nov 2008):


  • david ong

    david ong gave props (19 Nov 2008):


  • Robert Duncan

    Robert Duncan   gave props (20 Nov 2008):

    great story. thanks to your Mother and the thousands of others who peacefuly demanded and won change.

  • Zircon 215

    Zircon 215 gave props (24 Nov 2008):

    Hope you never lose this piece of family (and country) history, Sherry! You should have it suitably framed and keep it on display.

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (24 Nov 2008):

    History is an amazing thing great posting!!!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (1 Dec 2008):

    Wow, lovely shot! and story!!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (4 Dec 2008):


  • Jay El

    Jay El said (18 Dec 2008):

    This is what makes us proud! Now, let's fight hard. Too many kids don't have what to eat (here in America, too!)
    Thank you 4 sharing this wonderful heritage, S.!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (9 Jan 2009):

    This is powerful! Without brave people like your mom, today my beautiful and talented daughter would not have the freedoms that are her rights. THANK YOU TO YOUR MOM!

  • Jose Antonio González

    Jose Antonio González gave props (18 Jan 2009):

    This is fantastic and people should remember this was not too much time ago!

  • Kreddible Trout

    Kreddible Trout said (17 Feb 2009):

    wow. this is one of the most thought provoking, important, powerful images on this website.
    thank you for sharing. thank your mom for standing.

  • dp *

    dp * said (17 Feb 2009):

    Wow, great story and whata mom! A hereo for sure, you know what they say about the apple and it's ability to fall from the tree...not far, ehh. Love it, dp

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever said (25 Feb 2009):

    Wow Sherry, this is a piece of history. This is a letter to be framed, cherished and proud of for generations to come. I kissed my TV last night during Obama's address to the Nation - but I wasn't wearing lipstick. I send a kiss to your Mother too. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (8 Mar 2009):

    Very emotional document, your Mum was obviuosly one deteremined woman!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (24 Apr 2009):

    What a wonderful piece of history you have there.

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (2 Mar 2010):

    What an amazing story!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    An outstanding story and entry for the theme! You have my vote...

  • Zircon 215

    Zircon 215 said (19 Mar 2010):

    You have my vote, Sherry!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (22 Mar 2010):

    Back to vote. :-)

  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (24 Mar 2010):

    Vote: YEAH !

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 Apr 2010):

    Oh Yeah! Rad!

  • Mike McReynolds

    Mike McReynolds gave props (12 May 2010):

    What a great reminder of things that sometimes get forgotten. What a testament to the courage of someone that helped to change Life as we knew it 'til then...

  • Tom Mertens

    Tom Mertens gave props (14 May 2010):

    Thank you for sharing!!

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