The history of August 6th is a rich and wide ranging. It is a day that shows the many complex sides of the human story. 1. 74 years ago today, the United States dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan, killing approximately 150,000. There is no telling how this decision by President […]Read More August 6th: A Day Filled with History of Every Kind
Not all that have fought and died for this country did so in the military. There are many unsung heroes and martyrs who gave their lives on our own soil to make this a better place. Minister James Reeb is one of them. His story should be known. Photo Credit: Clarion Ledger On March 7, […]Read More James Reeb: An Angel Too Soon
Today marks the 54th anniversary of one of the best and worst moments of American history, “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama. Worst in the sense that it shows how incredibly mean and stupid some people could be, and best in showing the bravery and toughness to overcome that stupidity. Even though the right to vote […]Read More Bloody Sunday: The Worst and Best of America
On what would have been his 90th birthday, I find myself reflecting upon my last visit to the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington D.C. a few years ago. The monument, the man, and the Movement are too often misunderstood. The monument fittingly shows him to emerge from a mountain. The mountain represents the […]Read More Pushing Through the Mountain
On this date in 1957, nine courageous teenagers tried to enter Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Supreme Court had issued the monumental “Brown Vs. Board of Education” ruling 3 years earlier, making segregation in schools illegal, yet schools in the south had not yet integrated. Groups like the KKK made what would […]Read More 60 Years Ago Today: The Little Rock Nine, and a Heroic White Woman.
Today is the 54th anniversary of perhaps the most successful protest ever, the “March On Washington”, which included Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech. That day changed America. It made a number of Americans who had previously been observing the civil rights movement with folded arms and one eyebrow raised change […]Read More Before Moving Forward, Protestors Should Look Back at August 28, 1963
Today marks the anniversary of one of the most beautiful moments and the anniversary of one of the most ugly moments in a vital part of the American story: the civil rights movement. If you want to understand America today, you have to understand America’s yesterdays, even the shameful ones. Today is the anniversary of […]Read More The Journey from Emmitt Till to I Have a Dream