Is Mary Ellen Pleasant, “the Mother of Civil Rights in California”?

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Yes, she is, but that is not the whole story and I don’t know how the other half of the story has been neglected for 130 years. The other half of the story is John James Pleasant, Mary Ellen’s Spouse of approximately 25-30 years. Her partner and companion on the UGRR.

It is true that MEP’s friend was kicked off the trolley for being black and MEP dared the conductor to kick her off, too. But, she and her husband JJ filed all the suits and followed up on them. They should share the honor as, “Parents of Civil Rights in California”

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