Race Relations & the Civil Rights Movement. Keeping the “movement” in the continuing struggle for equality. Something to ponder….
Keeping the “movement” in the continuing struggle for equality
Thomas Jefferson said, “All men are created equal…” If this is true, then why is legislation still necessary to guarantee what is already declared in the United States Declaration of Independence? Why are there groups of people who work to ensure that “man” be treated equally? Why is it that in the most democratic of all democracies, man still is not guaranteed life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
July 26, 1948: President Truman issued executive order:
Briggs v. Elliott (SC)
Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County (VA)
Gebhart v. Belton (Del)
Bolling v. Sharpe (DC)
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Arkansas governor Orval Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to preserve order, a euphemism for keeping the nine prospective African American students out.
September 25, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower federalized the Arkansas National Guard and deployed paratroopers to carry out the desegregation orders.Little Rock 9
Elizabeth Eckford & Hazel Massery
Born July 2, 1925, in Mississippi
Drafted into U.S. Army in 1943: served in WW II
Attended Alcorn College, began to establish local chapters of the NAACP- 1952.
1954-appointed Mississippi’s first field secretary for the NAACP
June 12, 1963, shot in the back outside his home as his wife and children looked on, buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Accused killer-white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith, stood trial twice in the 1960s-both ended in mistrials
Beckwith was convicted in a third trial in 1994, and sentenced to life in prison-died 2001
The Ghosts of Mississippi
According to estimates, over 250,000 participated in the demonstration which culminated in the speech given by Reverend Martin Luther KingAugust 28, 1963The March on Washington
click here to hear MLK speech
signed into law
It also records the names of 40 men, women, and children who lost their lives working for social justice.
A thin pool of water flows soothingly over this circular "table”.
"We [those fighting for social equality] will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."
Dr. Martin Luther KingCivil Rights Memorial‘Honoring the memory’
Thank you for watching….this presentation is dedicated to every person who has lost their lives in the courageous fight for racial equality.