Brave Moment of the Week


Gloria Malone

Gloria Malone presenting Claudette Colvin

Gloria Malone is the founder of the Teen Mom NYC blog, which seeks to “provide accurate, reliable, inspiring information and advice to teen mothers,” according to its mission statement.

“In 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks became famous, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus,” Malone says in the video. “Colvin was a plaintiff in the case that declared bus segregation unconstitutional.”

“Claudette gave all of us moral courage. If she had not done what she did, I am not sure that we would have been able to mount the support for Mrs. Parks,” Fred Gray, her former attorney, once said.



About the Author:

Lejoi Reese is a multi-talented, professionally accomplished, self-motivated, passionate designer dedicated to creating objects that promote the harmony of beauty and function. Lejoi is also the co-founder, creative director and head designer for Brave Chick. After attaining a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, Lejoi rose quickly in the professional industry of design in New York City. By the age of 35, Lejoi obtained the coveted title of Design Director at a $250 million textile company with the duties of designing, merchandising and marketing high-end custom textiles to distribute worldwide. With the invaluable skills gained from manufacturing custom products abroad, Lejoi evolved into creating her own products which include textiles and have broadened to apparel and jewelry. Her captivating and artisanal creations are influenced by the Eastern philosophy of wabi–sabi (imperfect, impermanent and incomplete beauty). Lejoi’s personal mission is to influence every person whom encounters her designs to be compelled to practice introspection with the end result of self-awareness.

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