I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people's houses.But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney's performance in Lilies of the Field: "Amen, amen, amen, amen." In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. Saw me on the show and said to Steven Spielberg, she's Sophia in 'The Color Purple.' Gayle who's been a friend and Stedman who's been my rock.For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. In my career, what I've always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave.
They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice.
It wasn’t because I wasn’t pretty enough, or special enough, or smart enough.