Monday, January 19, 2009

A Long Way, Martin

But, we should never forget signs like these graced American roadways.

Martin L. King arrested for loitering, 1958.

Norman Rockwell- Bridges

Six year old Ruby Bridges on her first day of school accompanied by Federal Marshals, in New Orleans LA, 1960

James Meredith registers at "Ole Miss" U in 1962, escorted by U.S. Marshalls.

Civil rights marchers hosed down in Birmingham, 1963.

Civil Rights Act signed, 1964.

"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."
-MLK- April 3, 1968

Dr. King knew this would come. I believe he knew.

1 comment:

Chris said...

This is still painful to look at...but does it finally feel more like history than brutal reality? If so, it's about time....