Lives of resistance honored

Published 10:07 pm Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Maulana Karenga, Connie Taylor and Sonya Sanchez stand before the crowd at the Slavery and Civil Rights Museum Saturday after being inducted into the Hall of Resistance. -- Chris Wasson

Inclement weather did little to impact the spirit and passion of those inducted into the Hall of Resistance Saturday at the Slavery and Civil War Museum.

Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Connie Taylor, Soyna Sanchez and Maulana Karenga were present to accept their awards for the 2011 class, which included posthumous members Njere Alghanee, Fred Hampton Sr., Marcus Garvey and Tupac Shakur.

“It’s an honor to be here,” Sanchez said. “It’s just such an honor to be a part of an important day where we talk about resistance.

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More than 100 people crowded in the resistance room of the museum to honor the recipients who spent their lives working toward both civil rights and black liberation.

“There is no strategy worthy of its name without struggle,” Karenga said. “All of life is a struggle.”

Each inductee was honored due to their fight and never back down spirit.

“It’s an honor to be among all of these great people,” Yomi Goodall, director of the museum said to those in attendance and the honorees. “You are beautiful because of who you are and what you all have done. We want to thank you for everything.”