Fifty years ago, a black boy could be arrested, beaten and killed for raising his eyes to admire the beauty of a white woman. Fifty years ago, a man could be thrown in jail, beaten or killed for attempting to exercise their God given right to vote. Fifty years ago, a type of terrorism rooted in ignorance and hate plagued the moral fabric of this great country, making it impossible for a man or woman of color to be anything but hunted, oppressed and belittled each and every day of their lives.
Luckily for us, fifty years ago, these same victims refused to be victims of this country’s terrorism any longer. They instead, chose to band together as one to peacefully fight for their rights as United States citizens. Many were arrested, spit on, kicked, punched, sprayed with water hoses, and killed in the nonviolent fight for equality. The fight was bloody, tiring, and just when they felt as though they had had enough, just when they thought all hope was lost, their leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dared to tell them of his dream at one of the largest political rallies for rights in United States history.
The March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place on August 28, 1963. Fifty years ago to this date, hundreds of thousands gathered in front of Washington, D.C.’s, Lincoln Memorial to demand civil and economic rights for African Americans. It was on this iconic day that a southern black preacher delivered the speech that would inspire the nation.
Â After five years of leading one of the nationâ€™s top historical black colleges, President Robert M. Franklin Â has decided to step down when his term ends on June 30, 2012.Â The 57-year old Franklin came in as the schoolâ€™s tenth president. He will now become a Distinguished Professor for the university. But for some reason being from the AUC I know there’s more to the story!!! Read More »
Famous poet, Maya Angelou had a mouthful to say about the inscription on the new statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. Designers of the memorial chose words from Martin Luther King’s speech that he gave at Ebenezer Baptist Church here in Atlanta back in 1968. The original quote from Dr. King states “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.â€ However, what actually went on the memorial is ” I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness”. Maya Angelou, who is one of the listed Council of Historians to select inscriptions for the statue, is not happy about this at all. She thinks that the inscription is misleading and wants it changed. Read More »
More than 40 years after his assassination and nearly 50 years since he marched on Washington and give his “I Have A Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King has been honored with a memorial statue in the nation’s capital. The statue, made of stone, was unveiled yesterday. Sitting on 4 acres on the Tidal Basin on the National Mall, the dedication of the statue is set to take place on August 28th and could draw crowds of up to 400,000 people. The monument is the first African-AmericanÂ as well as the first person who did not serve as president to be memorialized.
Engraved on one side of the statue are the words â€œOUT OF THE MOUNTAIN OF DESPAIR: A STONE OF HOPE.â€ Read More »