“When my aunt sat down on that bus, she stood up for all of us,” Sheila said. “And when I say ‘all of us,’ I mean citizens across this country – she made change for all of us. Men, women, people of all colors. She believed that civil rights are for everyone.”
The sisters say their aunt was especially dedicated to ensuring children understood their past, so they could make informed decisions about the future. It’s a message that resonates deeply during the month of February, as we celebrate Black History Month.
“Black History Month is a wonderful time to consider the icons who came before us, and reflect on what they accomplished,” Sheila said. “I think we can all celebrate Black History Month by simply understanding the fact that we’re all human beings, we’re all people, and while there’s progress still to make, we can help make it by being kind to one another.”
Deborah is a bakery associate at Club 6667 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Sheila works in membership at Club 6412 in Southgate, Michigan. Both said the facilities share something: a diverse base of associates.