This is my last night on my Civil Rights bus tour, and I thought I would leave you all with a John Lewis quote for the night. The picture was taken from the Civil Rights section of the Nashville Public Library downtown.
Everytime I am in Memphis and go to the Lorraine Motel I get emotional. Standing there where King was shot always takes me into the moment. All I feel is loss… loss of this leader, OUR leader, who was taken from us. King died at the young age of 39 leaving us wondering what other great accomplishments he would achieved in his life. He would never get the chance to grow old, instead he was killed while fighting for the rights of garbage workers.
Ran into a living legend, someone I respect very much today. The one and only John Perkins. If you don’t know who he is, i suggest you find out.
The movement in Albany was an important one, however it is not talked about much because Dr. King felt he had failed at accomplishing the goals. In the end, it was an opportunity for the people to straighten their backs in the face of southern terrorism, as well as a valuable teachable moment for King which he would soon apply to the Birmingham movement. If you get a chance, read up on the Albany civil rights movement, it too is important history we can learn from. Enjoy the pictures.
Understanding what shaped King is important when trying to glean from his legacy. Atlanta is where he grew up as well as where his body now rests.
The house in the picture is the house where to the King family resided, in “Sweet Auburn” a well-to-do black middle class community in Atlanta. And both Martin and Coretta have there final resting place there as well.
These are the four A & T college students who courageously walked into the Woolworth’s to try to attempt to integrate the counter. Little did they know that after six months of protests, the downtown businesses would actually be integrated. Furthermore, that their courage and movement would spread like wildfire.
On February 4th, 1913, Rosa Parks was born. She is now famously thought of as the “mother of the civil rights movement” for courageously sitting down on that city bus, so that the African American community could finally take a stand. It was her faith and resilience that gave her the strength to make that courageous move. We remember her today, and her faithful commitment to God’s principles of love, justice, and equality. Happy Birthday Rosa Parks!!!