As I remember the times in which we’ve lived with thoughts of our history and I will say again that “Our story is the Greatest Story Ever Told”. I always pay homage to the ghosts of the greats who paved a might trail for us to walk to which I think we have a responsibility to march on. I was blessed to have had the privilege to live during the civil rights era to witness groups and individuals fight to end racial segregation and the unequal treatment of African-Americans.
It would be my hope that all of us would take this opportunity during the upcoming March on Washington this week to reach one – teach one. Share the stories of our struggle with your children. History unknown and its unlearned lessons are as ominous as death.
I have added a few of the many significant events and some of the brave and courageous solders in the army that changed America or dare I say the world.
Events in the Civil Rights Movement
- Civil Rights Movement
- Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)
- Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955)
- Integration of Central High School (1957)
- Greensboro Sit-In and the Sit-In Movement (1960)
- Freedom Rides (1961)
- Integration of Ole Miss (1962)
- March on Washington (1963)
- Birmingham Church Bombing (1963)
- Freedom Summer (1964)
- Civil Rights Act (1964)
- Selma to Montgomery March (1965)
- Voting Rights Act (1965)
- Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (1968)
Solders of the Civil Rights Movement
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Rosa Parks
- Malcolm X
- Stokely Carmichael
- Thurgood Marshall
- Medgar Evars
- Jesse Jackson
- Fannie Lou Hamer
- Emmett Till
- Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
- Studen Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
I am reminded of Malcolm X who used to say “Make It Plain” which meant in essence to bring forth the knowledge. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…