Saturday, April 13

Yoga in the Black community still has barriers since decades ago

A Montgomery Sheriff's Department booking photo of Rosa Parks taken Feb 22, 1956, after she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus for a white passenger on Dec. 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Ala.

Last week a story published about Black women historically turning to yoga to find peace.

The story was for our Black History Month edition and featured one of the most notable woman in the civil rights movement: Rosa Parks.

Hi, I am Ash Gilbert and I am a trending reporter at USA TODAY. Welcome to this week’s This is America, a newsletter centered around race, identity, culture and how they shape our lives.

I, and I’m sure a few others, had no previous knowledge that Parks began practicing yoga in the 1960s and continued for 30 years. I have no recollection of learning this in grade school with the minute teachings of Black history then, and don’t remember hearing it while attending Savannah State University – a historically Black college and university.

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