LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the untold numbers of Black persons who were giant contributors to the Civil Rights Movement. Do we lose focus on the established fact that as great as Dr. King was that he was not the founder, and upon his death the Civil Rights Movement did not cease to be on going?
February is Black History month and there will be a number of Blacks highlighted who are and have been superstars in the movement.
Are we familiar with the accomplishments of others beside Dr. King? There were always Black men and women across the length and breathe of America who challenged racism during slavery, reconstruction, World War I, World War II and ongoing to this date. The tragedy is that too many of us don’t know our history.
Do we know who founded the NAACP, SCLC, the first Black to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the first Black to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, the first Black to serve in the U.S. Senate, first Blacks to serve in the U.S. Congress, first Black to run for president of United States?
Are we conscious of the fact that Black businesses such as the Pittsburgh Courier played an integral role in informing the populace nationwide about atrocities against Black persons?
One of the greatest Americans that ever lived was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, former head of the NAACP’s legal defense. Do you know Thurgood Marshall in representing the people in the behalf of the NAACP only lost one case before the U.S. Supreme Court and won that case on an appeal?
The Civil Rights movement consists of hundreds of thousands of persons from every walk of life—males, females, elderly, youthful, educated, uneducated, fathers, mothers, ministers, church goers and non church goers. These individuals are the architects and the driving factors of the continuing civil rights movement.
All of us must look into the mirror of life and ask the question am I a contributor to the continuing civil rights fight or am I just an onlooker?
Yes they killed the dreamer but not the dream.
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(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum page.)