Saturday, January 26, 2013

Civil Rights Movement memories

With the recent celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day, we've been remembering a lot of Dr. King's activities to overcome racism and racial inequality. Things were heating up for the tumultuous events in the spring of 1963 in Birmingham. Let's use this time to reflect on what happened first. A powerful way to remember is to visit the parsonage in Montgomery, Alabama where Dr. King served. You can stand around the olf formica table where he anguished and made the decision to lead the Civil Rights Movement.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Civil Rights Movement anniverseries

I'll be sending tweets to commemorate all the 50th anniversery Civil Rights Movement events from now on. See how many you remember. How far has racial reconciliation come since then? Do you see racism around you? Are African-Americans and whites fulfilling Martin Luther King Jr's dream? Where do you stand in racial equality issues?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr's birthday

What an amzing day! Fifty years ago who would have thought that 1) MLK's birthday would be a national holiday? and 2) we would be celebrating the inauguration of a black president? Let's celebrate our progress in racial equality by pledging to move forward even more.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Civil Rights Movement Memories

2013 is the big year of 50th anniverseries for the Civil Rights Movement. What better way to kick off the year than the January birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.? A different way to celebrate - visit his old parsonage in Montgomery, AL and stand around the kitchen table where he made the soul-searching decision to be a voice against racism.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Birmingham, Alabama

We're back in Alabama, and so many people are talking about the commemoration of those important Civil Rights Movement events - the Children's March, Martin Luther King, Jr's "Letter From Birmingham Jail", the tragic loss of four little girls at the church bombing, plus the killing of two other boys that day. It's time to look at how far we've come - and how much further we have to go.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Memories of the Civil Rights Movement

Does it help or hurt to bring up the injustices that occurred in our country in race relations? Can African-Americans and whites talk together about racism?

Monday, January 7, 2013

More Civil Rights Movement books recommendations

No one writes about Martin Luther King, Jr. better than Taylor Branch. Read Parting the Waters, Pillar of Fire, or At Canaan's Edge for a wonderful read. For a quicker read tomorrow (Jan 8th) you can get The King Years on kindles.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The Children's March - Civil Rights Movement

Important, yet little-known, event in the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, AL. Google it or read "We've Got A Job" by Cynthia Levinson.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

An important new year for African-American history regarding the Civil Rights Movement

We'll see a lot about the Civil Rights Movement this year as it will be the 50th anniversary of the Children's March, the March on Washington, and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four young girls. This would be a good year to brush up on your history. I recommend "Carry Me Home" by Diane McWhorter. Follow my blog posts for more recommendations.