John T. Bledsoe – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress‘s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ppmsca.03090. This tag does not indicate the copyright status of the attached work. A normal copyright tag is still required. See Commons:Licensing for more information.Little Rock, 1959. Rally at state capitol, protesting the integration of Central High School. Protesters carry US flags and signs reading “Race Mixing is Communism” and “Stop the Race Mixing March of the Anti-Christ”.
The civil rights movement began before I was born and continues today. Although icons like MKL and others of his era are no longer here, we have fresh groups, organizations, and movements that are fighting for equality. When I speak about these things with my wife, I find it amazing that even today, she still gets the weird look when her accent is heard.
I think the trick to equality and all the rest is time. Every generation is more tolerant than the last. For those of you who are interested, here are some quick links to some Wikipedia articles to take a look at:
If you’ve never taken a look at the civil rights movement, the above three links will describe an America that most of us do not know. I was born in 1963, so many of the movements, actions, and events blew by me, since I was only a child.
These events are worth visiting. They tell a story about how we used to be, and how America has evolved. Is it perfect? No, but it continues to improve (in my opinion).
Until next time…