Let’s kick off Black History much with a hometown hero spotlight on Tracy Sims, a civil rights activist who at the age of 18, led one of the largest civil rights protests in San Francisco history.
Born in 1945, Tracy Sims looked up to her mother who was politically active. She was influenced by the Bay Area, and it’s growing activism, as well as civil-rights legends like Malcom X and Martin Luther King. While still in highschool, Tracy began attending major marches and sit-in protests, and pickets against inequality.
On March 6th, 1964, Sims staged a sit-in at The Sheraton-Palace with over 1500 other Berkeley students. The point of the protest the exclusion of blacks and other workers of colors from being hired. Although she, and 167 other protestors were eventually arrested, she was able to persuade the Sheraton Palace and 33 other major hotels in the Hotel Owners association to agree to disregard their discriminatory hireling practices.
So what does this tell you? That no matter how young you are, or how many people doubted you, you can achieve anything that you put your mind to.