Sunday, January 15, 2006

Civil Rights Movement Veterans - CORE, NAACP, SCLC, SNCC

Once again three day weekends and sales at malls begin to blur what is really important. Many would like us to think that celebrating the birthday of an all too human civil rights front man is just something the greater culture submitted to for appeasement of their "coloreds". Now go back to your middle class lives and pensions and mega-churches and SUV's and jobs you should be happy and grateful to have . . . and most of all, be quiet.

Well . . . I never was too good at keeping quiet. How about you? I have been blessed to be of both African and Jewish heritage and the one thing I've been taught and believe in is "Never Forget."

It wasn't just Ms. Rosa on a bus, or Martin in jail. It was 'strange fruit', midnight raids, four little girls, three college boys in a car, burning churches - and bodies, being dragged from your family, being beaten to a pulp.

And all of this within our charmed little lifetimes. Our very existence is owed to the veterans of this movement.

January 15th should be the beginning of a holy remembrance complete with showing our youth the true meaning of what happened. Their posturing in oversized pants, thongs, platinum teeth, weaves and bling means nothing in the face of tar & bonfires, water hoses, billy clubs, or police dogs.

Visit this site.
Civil Rights Movement Veterans - CORE, NAACP, SCLC, SNCC

Browse the pictures with your children. Remember, recognize, feel, learn, and teach.

Be moved and continue The Movement.


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