The K.M. Behrens #Rally4Rights Award

Kasmira S. MarkiewiczThe K. M. Behrens #Rally4Rights Award For:
Military Service: In service to her country, she and her 3 siblings, enlisted during WWII. Kasmira in the Marines, Harriet in the Army, Walter in the Air Force and Richard in the Navy. After Kasmira’s honorable discharge and receiving full benefits, she sought employment with the F.B.I. Having passed all the testing requirements, she went to her final interview, only to be denied due to her gender. For the rest of her life, she would only use her first and middle initials, before her last name, to protect herself from gender bias.

Service to the Community: Throughout her teaching career, she always fought for those who were unable to fight for themselves. Her passion was theater arts. Using this as a medium, she first promoted , the Ballet Folklorico and then Black History Day, which became Black history week and eventually turned to Black History Month, in 1965. Teaching in a combat zone as an E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) teacher, she was given 7th, 8th and 9th grade students, with anywhere from 3rd to 7th grade comprehension levels, and brought them up to college level reading and writing, within a year. For the rest of her life, she received cards and letters of appreciation, from former students and peers for her efforts to better those around her and stand up for what she believed was fair and just. it also wasn’t uncommon to see her walk into the middle of a gang fight, then send everyone home, because she knew them all by name.

Promoting Equal Rights: one of the first members of the Feminist Women’s Health Center, in the Wilshire District of California. She became friends with Carol Broberg, Carole Downing and Gloria Steinem. She marched with her 10 year old daughter and hundreds of other women, down Wilshire Boulevard,for the right to choose, for women everywhere. Then in 1971, she marched again, against the Viet Nam War, with her daughter and her son. An advocate for Equal Rights for Everyone, she would be there, to stand with any group, under any banner, to promote equality for humanity.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ohbamamama
    May 07, 2014 @ 03:35:06

    Might that have been your mother, darling?


  2. TurboKitty
    May 07, 2014 @ 04:38:25

    Yes it is … I was very honored to be asked to have the award named after her =)


  3. Sandee Canapary
    May 14, 2014 @ 14:31:22

    Like mother like daughter. Now I understand you even more…


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