JAMES SMOKIE PHILLIPS REMEMBERS IDA BELL BROCK!

SHE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN FUNERAL ESCORTS!

This is a submission from Insite regular Smokie Phillips!

The fight continues as we struggle with the death of Ms. Ida. Bell Brock. Ms. Brock was a pioneer and the founder and CEO of Brock’s Motorcycle Escort Services. Ms. Brock had opened many doors for African-American police motorcycle riders in Houston and Harris County.

Years ago many African-American riders were not allowed to ride funeral escorts in the city of Houston without harassment from white riders. Many white riders would cut African-American funeral possessions off, ride next to African-American riders and shout profanity remarks and even threaten riders with jail and physical violence.

Ms. Brock fought for those African-American riders to keep riding funeral escorts in difficult times. She knew that in the early days many White funeral homes did not want African-American police riders escorting Whites to the graveyards and cemeteries, so she formed Brock’s Escort to open up opportunities for African-American police officers and Harris County deputies to provide escort services to Black funeral homes throughout Houston and Harris County.

She had a heart that cared and a heart that brought so much pleasure. She was the mother of the “Black police officer’s motorcycle rider” escort movement in Harris County and through her early fights; these riders still exist today and continue to ride escorts services for Black, Brown and White funeral homes.